Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed the club are currently in negotiations with Marco Reus over a new contract.
German international Reus is one of the longest-serving players at Signal Iduna Park having joined Der BVB from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012 and, when fit, he has certainly impressed.
However, injuries have been a problem for the 28-year-old in recent years and he has only just returned following nearly nine months out with a knee ligament problem.
Reus, who has 18 months left on his current contract with Dortmund, did not want to enter negotiations regarding a new deal while he was sidelined, but Zorc has now confirmed that talks are set to intensify following his return to first-team action.
“We totally understood that Marco did not want to enter contract talks during his injury,” Zorc told Sport Bild. “And, of course, we will now intensify the talks.”
There are no guarantees that Reus will sign a new deal with BVB, particularly as he has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Liverpool in recent times.
Former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, the man who originally brought Reus to Signal Iduna Park, is the current Liverpool manager and the forward could be enticed into linking up with his former coach once again.
Borussia will certainly be hoping that is not the case and a strong end to the season could well convince Reus to sign a new contract with his current employers.
BVB have plenty to play for between now and the end of the season, as they are currently in pole position to finish second in the Bundesliga standings, while they have also been handed a favourable draw against Salzburg in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Next up for Dortmund is a league clash with last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday.