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Marco Reus to take pay cut to sign Dortmund contract extension

Marco Reus to take pay cut to sign Dortmund contract extension

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is set to sign a contract extension at the club that will involve a pay cut, according to Bild.

Reus is one step away from putting pen to paper on a new deal that will see him remain at Signal Iduna Park until 2024.

However, the Der BvB captain must take a massive €5 million pay cut to remain at the club.

Reus is the top earner at Dortmund on a whopping €12m a year, but the new deal will see him take home €7m a year plus bonuses.

Once considered a regular starter in the team, Reus will have to settle for a reduced role after failing to prove decisive in the big games this season.

At 33, the former Germany international’s speed, composure and awareness in the final third are not as they once were.

Reus started in the 4-2 Der Klassiker defeat to reigning champions Bayern Munich and the subsequent 2-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal quarter-final.

Having failed to affect either game positively, he started the 2-1 Bundesliga success over Union Berlin on the bench and was allowed just 15 minutes of action in the closing stages.

Over his 11-year association with Dortmund, Reus has been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park several times but opted to remain with Der BvB.

Speculation over his long-term future surfaced again in January when his agents were spotted at Old Trafford during the Manchester Derby, fueling rumours of a potential move to Manchester United. 

However, nothing materialised, and the German is now set to commit his future to the Bundesliga giants amid interest from Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

Reus has scored eight goals and assisted seven in 24 appearances across all competitions this season, and Edin Terzic’s side will count on his leadership as they look to challenge Bayern for the league crown this term.

Despite the Der Klassiker setback, Dortmund remain within touching distance, with just two points separating them from Thomas Tuchel’s side at the Bundesliga summit.

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