Portugal star Raphael Guerreiro has ended doubts over his future by committing to a new four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund.
Following a €12m transfer from French side FC Lorient in 2016, Raphael Guerreiro has established himself as a key member of the Dortmund squad.
The Portugal international’s versatility, in particular, has proven to be a useful asset for BVB down the years. It’s enabled him to play as a left-back and winger for the Bundesliga giants.
Doubts, though, began to creep in over Guerreiro’s future at Signal Iduna Park amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Apparently, the Ligue 1 champions felt his arrival could solve their defensive issues.
But sporting director Michael Zorc rubbished the rumour before things got out of hand. He also stated he was “very optimistic” Guerreiro would commit to the club.
And now the 25-year-old has proven the director right by extending his stay in Germany until 2023.
“Borussia Dortmund are a great club where I have been feeling very comfortable with my family for three years,” Guerreiro told the club’s website.
“I will do everything I can to help our team achieve their goals and we should start with victory on Saturday at home against Gladbach [Borussia Monchengladbach].”
Zorc added: “Raphael is an internationally experienced and technically first-class footballer who can be flexibly deployed in several positions and enjoys a high regard within our squad.”
Guerreiro has managed 16 goals and 17 assists in 90 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund. So far, he’s won two trophies with BVB in the DFB-Pokal Cup and the DFL-Supercup.
With his future finally resolved now, the Euro 2016 winner will turn his focus back to the club’s campaign. And Lucien Favre will certainly need him at the top of his game to improve on their eighth-place in the Bundesliga.
Although three points over leaders Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday could see them surge up the table.