Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro has finally extended his deal until 2023 with the Black and Yellows, the club announced on Thursday.
Dortmund bosses were confident that the 25-year-old would extend his deal, which was bound to expire in the summer of 2020, shortly after the summer transfer window slammed shut on 2. September. It took longer than expected for the club to announce the contract extension.
“Raphael is an internationally experienced and technically top-class footballer, who can feature in several positions thanks to his versatility and is held in high regard within our squad,” declared BVB sporting director Michael Zorc via the club’s official website.
The Portuguese international, who grew up in France, joined the Westfalenstadion from FC Lorient in the summer of 2016 and has since made 61 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 10 goals.
“Borussia Dortmund are a wonderful club and one where I – along with my family – have felt very happy for the past three years. I’ll do everything in my power to help our team achieve its objectives. Starting, in an ideal case scenario, with a home win against Gladbach on Saturday,” Guerreiro said.
For Dortmund, it was an important signature to secure as they ran in danger of losing the midfielder on a free transfer. Guerreiro wanted to join Paris-Saint Germain last summer but a move to rejoin former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel in the French capital ultimately broke down due to Neymar’s stalled move to FC Barcelona.
As Guerreiro is likely to not become an undisputed starter under Lucien Favre, he is likely to still pursue a move next summer, hoping there will be a better market for him.
Meanwhile, there is nothing to suggest that Mario Götze, whose contract runs out in 2020, will extend his deal with the Black and Yellows as he has mostly been neglected by Favre this season.