Borussia Dortmund’s central defender Manuel Akanji (25) apparently secretly, quietly and quietly extended his contract until 2023 two years ago. That reports the picture-Newspaper on Thursday, citing its own information.
Accordingly, Akanji had already extended his contract, which actually ran until 2022, in 2019 without this having become public. This is said to have been accompanied by a salary increase to 4.5 million euros per year.
The fact that BVB tends to secretly extend their contracts is not only shown by the example of the 28-time Swiss national player. Just last summer, BVB sports director Michael Zorc made public that Jadon Sancho, who was being courted by Manchester United, had extended his contract until 2023. Before Sancho, BVB had already extended the contract of the then striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang without informing the public.
Akanji moved from FC Basel to Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 for around 22 million euros, experienced more lows than heights with the Black and Yellows and was often considered a sales candidate due to a few dropouts, although the Swiss was almost always seeded at BVB.
In the current season, however, the 25-year-old stabilized, was in the starting line-up in 21 out of 27 possible games in the Bundesliga and only missed the other six games due to a hamstring, knee problems and a corona infection. Akanji put in a strong performance against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals last Tuesday (SPOX-Note: 2.5).