Zlatko Junuzovic signs new Werder Bremen contract

It’s news that will be music to the ears of Werder fans everywhere.  Not only has Die Grün-Weißen recorded five consecutive wins after downing FC Augsburg 3-2 on MatchDay 21, but midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic has signed an extension to his contract at the Weser Stadion that was due to expire in the summer.  As if to put an exclamation point behind his extension and its importance to Werder, Junuzovic provided two assists in Saturday’s win.

The 27-year-old had been the subject of transfer speculation with both Schalke and Turkish club Trabzonspor reportedly interested in the Austrian, but the north German club has succeeded in extending his contract with the club until June 2018.

Junuzovic has become a key member of the Werder midfield and his deadliness from free kicks has become an important tool in Bremen’s attacking arsenal as have the assists he provides.

“We are very delighted that our optimism over the last few days wasn’t unfounded” explained an obviously pleased sporting manager Thomas Eichin. “We had very good discussions. Zlatko Junuzovic identifies fully with SV Werder and it will certainly cause a sensation. It is a positive signal.”

The Austrian international born in Loznica, Serbia explained his decision not to look for pastures new at the end of the season. “Over the last few years Werder has become a second home for me and you can see that in sporting terms we are on a good path.  I’m signing here convinced that with the team we have behind the team, and above all with these fans, we can achieve something incredible.”

Junuzovic has missed just one game this season (suspended against Hoffenheim last week) and has scored four goals (all from direct free kicks). Following an excellent start to the Rückrunde with four wins from four, this is another huge boost for the club.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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