Blaszczykowski set to sign new deal
Poland international Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski is set to sign a contract extension which will tie him to Borussia Dortmund until the summer of 2018, German media reports.
Kuba, 27, is currently contracted to Borussia Dortmund until 2016. Manchester City and Juventus had been named as possible new clubs for the player in the Polish press, with a buy-out clause in his contract allowing him to leave for only €15 million.
But Kuba has no plans to move away from Dortmund. "I am no longer the Kuba who has any fears," he told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy. "This club continues to develop day in, day out. In a few days we will play the Champions League final. What more could I ask for? I have been in Dortmund for six years and I feel very grateful to both the city and the club."
One of the last players from the pre-Jurgen Klopp days, he joined the club in 2007 when he signed as a 21-year-old from Wisla Krakow. It took the winger some time to settle, but he finally broke into the Dortmund team during the second half of 2011-12, deputising for the injured Mario Gotze. During this season he has become one of the dominant figures in Dortmund's game, though he remains unnoticed by most of the German media. He has scored 11 goals and set up a further 12.
Despite Gotze and perhaps Robert Lewandowski leaving the club after in the summer, and several other players linked to bigger clubs in Europe, Kuba insists he is not nervous about the future. "That there are other offers should come as no surprise to anyone. We play the Champions League final and a lot of clubs try to break Borussia up," he said.
With Gotze's release clause gone as he heads to Bayern Munich on July 1, Marco Reus is the only player left with such a clause in his contract, <i>Ruhr Nachrichten</i> reports. The Germany international could leave Dortmund for €35 million in the summer of 2015.