Patrick Herrmann today put pen to paper on another long-term contract at Borussia Mönchengladbach, renewing his current deal, which expired in 2016, until 2019. With the new deal, Herrmann becomes only the latest in a string of players to sign long-term contracts with the club – following Tony Jantschke last year as well as Granit Xhaka, Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl this year.
Herrmann’s new commitment to the club will come as a relief to fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach, who had faced the prospect of losing their star winger in the summer thanks to a reported buy-out clause. Now, Herrmann will remain at Borussia for the foreseeable future. “We’re very excited that we could keep Patrick with us for longer, and that he wants to continue on the successful path we have taken together. Patrick has developed from a youth player to a Bundesliga player with us, and we are happy that he wants to make the next step in his career with us” said Max Eberl on the club’s official website, Borussia.de.
Despite being just 24 years of age, Herrmann is already a very experienced Bundesliga player, having already made 185 appearances for Borussia (in all competitions) since his debut back in 2010. “I very much enjoy playing at Borussia and I feel the confidence around the club. We have a great support in an unparalleled stadium. I feel at home here. Those are the prerequisites for me to continue on my path successfully, which should hopefully lead me back into the national team” wrote Herrmann on his official Facebook page in response to the news.
Herrmann’s ambition is clear – and achievable, given that many were surprised, even dismayed, to see him not included in Joachim Löw’s most recent Germany squad – and with Borussia he should be able to continue to make further steps forward. This season has been arguably his best in the green and white of die Fohlen, having re-established himself in the first team despite tough competition for playing time from the likes of Ibrahima Traore, Thorgan Hazard, Fabian Johnson and Andre Hahn. Additionally, his improved consistency in performances has been marked on the scoreboard, as Herrmann has enjoyed his best goalscoring form for the club in a season, with an excellent thirteen goals in all competitions.
“We’re currently third and would like to defend this position if possible until the end of the season. Entry into the Champions League would be a massive achievement for the club, the fans and our team. We shouldn’t keep talking about it though – rather concentrating on our own performances until then. There’ll be enough time to celebrate reaching the Champions League at the end of the season if we actually get there” added Herrmann to borussia.de.
Having been at the club as a youth player since 2008 – signing from Saarbrücken at the tender age of sixteen – Herrmann has become a firm fan favourite at Borussia-Park since his debut. “In Mönchengladbach there have already been many great careers, that were also so great because of the loyalty the players showed to the club. There I’m thinking of Berti Vogts of Herbert Wimmer. But also of Rainer Bonhof, Jupp Heynckes or Allan Simonsen, who didn’t actually play their entire careers with Borussia, but were there for many years. I’d like to follow their paths” concluded Herrmann to his fans on Facebook.
There’s every chance that, come the end of his career, the nippy winger could be remembered among those great names as one of Borussia’s finest. This contract, at least, is one further step towards that status.