Mario Gotze extends Dortmund contract until 2016

The 19-year-old Germany international has committed his future to the Bundesliga title holders, having agreed to lengthen his current deal by two years
Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze has extended his stay at the Westfalenstadion, the German champions have revealed.

BVB announced on their official website that the 19-year-old had signed a two-year contract extension that will see him stay at his hometown club until 2016.

"Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund," Gotze said. The club are far from finished with their recent resurgence, he said, "And I want to be part of this development."

Sporting director Michael Zorc was thrilled to announce the new deal for Gotze, who has in recent months attracted the interest of Arsenal and Manchester United, with BVB having turned down an offer in excess of €30 million from the Gunners last summer.

"We are very happy that we will take the next step with Mario in the future," Zorc said.

Gotze first joined Dortmund at the age of nine. He earned his first appearance with the club's first team at the age of 17, and within a year earned his first senior international cap for Germany.