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The young defender broke into the first team in 2013-14 and BVB are ready to reward the former Mainz starlet for his fine performances

Borussia Dortmund are keen to hold on to Erik Durm and have opened talks with the Germany international over a new and improved contract until the summer of 2019.

The 22-year-old's existing deal runs until June 2017, but BVB are ready to reward the left-back for his fine development in the past six months with a two-year extension and a payrise.

"Concrete discussions with Durm and his agent [Rainer Zerber] will take place shortly," Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc was quoted as saying by Kicker.

Durm made his debut for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season and became a regular starter towards the end of the season, as first choice left back Marcel Schmelzer suffered an injury-hit season.

His performances during Schmelzer’s injury layoff led to his inclusion in Joachim Low’s 23-man World Cup squad, although he was an unused sub in all of Germany’s games in Brazil.

Schmelzer suffered a torn groin muscle in Dortmund’s 2-0 German Supercup victory against Bayern earlier this month, meaning Durm is likely to gain more first-team playing time in the coming weeks.

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