Marco Reus signed a new one-year contract with the club on Thursday, with a focus on winning the Bundesliga.
The 33-year-old player is eager to defend a championship at the beginning of next season, and has committed to staying with Dortmund until the end of the 2023-24 season.
This will be his 12th season playing for the Dortmund first team, and it could be his final one.
Reus, who hails from Dortmund, started his career with the club before playing for Rot Weiss Ahlen and Borussia Monchengladbach for six seasons. Since returning to BVB in 2012, he has played an important role.
Reus is just 16 goals short of Adi Preissler’s record of 177 goals for the club, which could be a personal goal for him to achieve.
Reus sent a message to supporters, saying: “As a team, we – just like all of our fans – have a big goal on our minds right now which our full focus is on: we want to become German champions; to do that, we’ll need every single Borusse.
“But beyond that, I still really want to do my best for the club I’ve spent over half my life with. There’s still nothing better for me than scoring goals in front of the best fans in the world in the most beautiful stadium in the world and celebrating victories together.
“That’s why I’m happy I’ve extended my contract for another year, because I’ve always said there’s no other club I’d prefer to play for over BVB in my career.”
Reus looks to secure his first Bundesliga title with BVB
Dortmund currently leads the Bundesliga by a single point ahead of Bayern Munich, and there are only five rounds of games left.
Throughout his career, Reus has suffered from injuries at various points. One of the most significant examples was when he missed Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2014 after injuring his ankle just days before the tournament began.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke described Reus as “supremely ambitious to lead our BVB to its greatest objectives”, while sporting director Sebastian Kehl was delighted to get the deal over the line.
Kehl said: “As a player and a role model, Marco is enormously important for this club – among our fans in the South Stand and in this city, but also beyond the borders of Dortmund and to BVB fans all over the world, too.
“As a long-time BVB player and a Dortmund native, he will not only continue to play an active role in enjoying success on the pitch, but will also use all his experience to advance the development of the younger generation within our squad.”