Olic signs new Wolfsburg contract
Ivica Olic has ended speculation about his future by signing a contract extension with Wolfsburg until 2016.
The 34-year-old Croatia international had been linked with a move to the Premier League with Stoke after meeting with Mark Hughes and stating interest in the transfer.
“To play against Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool one more time, that excites me,” Olic said in February.
However, after helping Wolfsburg to qualify for Europe he has expressed a desire to stay in the Bundesliga.
“I am delighted to finally have clarity for my future and that I can continue playing for Wolfsburg,” the striker said. “Next season we want to give our all both in the Bundesliga and on the European stage. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of this team and my family is very happy here too.”
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, who was recently linked to Tottenham, added that the signing was a signal that the club are heading in the right direction.
He said: “When a key player such as Ivica Olic, who is being courted by other clubs both nationally and internationally, decides to continue his career in Wolfsburg, it is proof to us that the direction we have taken has also convinced the players.”
Olic has scored 13 goals and set up a further 5 in 29 Bundesliga appearances this season. The former Bayern Munich man has played in 196 Bundesliga games, in which he found the back of the net 64 times. He has also won 90 caps for Croatia, for whom he is set to feature at the World Cup.