German international forward/midfielder Marco Reus has agreed to terms with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a contract extension which will keep him at the club until June of 2019. Several other European teams such as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Arsenal were hoping he would become available due to a 20 million pound release clause that was placed in his former contract. However, according to the club, the clause has now been removed

Surprisingly, 16th-place Dortmund is in danger of being relegated this season after finishing as the league runners-up last year. The squad needs as much help as it can get and re-signing Reus is a good start. It’s believed he’ll be paid 6 million pounds a year as well as 1.5 million a season for his image rights. Therefore, he’ll be earning about 145,000 pounds a week. Many people were surprised the forward re-signed with the club since there’s no chance they’ll qualify for the European Champions League next season unless they win this year’s tournament in May.

The 25-year-old Reus, who was born in Dortmund, seemed to be pleased with the deal and told the media, “I am happy to have extended the contract. When I came here in 2012 I said I wanted to do things. I have the feeling that it’s not over even in this situation. We fall together and we win together, It is a decision for life. I did not think about it that long for no reason.”

Hans-Joachim Watzke, the chief executive of the club, added, “We never let ourselves be influenced by all the transfer rumours and we always saw a good chance that this exceptional player could consciously decide in favour of Dortmund. Marco can become an iconic player at Dortmund, like Uwe Sweeler was at Hamburg and Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. The fact that he is has chosen to lengthen his deal here at a time of crisis on the pitch shows how strongly he identifies with the club is and we’re very proud of that.”