Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has agreed a new five-year contract – and insisted the club has not “reached the end of our development yet”.
Zorc followed coach Jurgen Klopp in committing his long-term future to last season’s Champions League finalists – Klopp penned a deal until 2018 in October – and promptly dismissed suggestions Dortmund’s recent run of success was coming to an end.
The 2012 Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal winners have lost Mario Gotze to European champions Bayern Munich since that double success and striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join him at the Allianz Arena next season.
Speculation continues to surround key midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, prompting fears Dortmund could struggle to live with Bayern and Europe’s other top teams in the years ahead.
Zorc, however, was bullish on the subject, telling the club’s official website: “I sense that we haven’t reached the end of our development yet.
“I see it as our joint responsibility to build on the success of recent years and establish Borussia Dortmund at the summit of German football and as a permanent fixture in the Champions League in the long term.”
Dortmund-born Zorc made a record 463 appearances for the club before moving through the administrative ranks to become the club’s sporting director in 2005.
”Michael Zorc stands for Borussia Dortmund like no one else. He’s been at the club since 1978 and has celebrated a great deal of success, first as a player, then as sporting director,” club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said. “That we wish to continue working together for the next five years demonstrates how much we value and trust the high quality of Michael’s work.”