Left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has agreed to a contract extension with German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg. His old contract was set to expire in 2016 and the new deal will now see him stay with the team until June of 2019. The Swiss international had been linked with a move to Manchester United of the English Premier League, but that’s unlikely to happen now that he’s agreed to stay at the Volkswagen Arena for the next few years and play under manager Dieter Hecking.
The attacking Rodriguez originally joined Wolfsburg back in January of 2012 after leaving Zurich of the Swiss Super League. At the time of the signing Rodriguez had appeared in 96 matches with Wolfsburg and had scored 13 goals. The 22-year-old also has six goals in 16 games so far this season. Wolfsburg is sitting in second place in the Bundesliga and are 11 points behind defending champions Bayern Munich. The two sides are set to meet each other on January 30 once the German league resumes following its winter break. Wolfsburg needs to win the match do claw within eight points of the leaders to have any realistic chance of winning the league.
Rodriguez has played 27 times for the Swiss national senior team and has yet to score a goal. However, he has hit the back of the net 15 times in 142 career club contests. He has also represented Switzerland at the Under-17, 18, 19, and 23 levels. Rodriguez was born to a Chilean mother and Spanish father and kicked off his pro career in 2010 with FC Zurich following eight years with the team’s youth academy. Zurich sold him to Wolfsburg for 7.5 million pounds in January of 2012. He made his debut for Switzerland’s senior team in 2011 and played for the side at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Rodriguez was also voted as the Swiss Footballer of the Year in 2014.