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Gladbach extend with Sippel for another year

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

Borussia Mönchengladbach have extended the expiring contract of keeper Tobias Sippel for another year. 
Tobias Sippel
Tobias SippelBorussia Mönchengladbach
In their second move to secure veteran leadership as part of the squad for next season in as many weeks, Borussia Mönchengladbach have announced the 35-year-old keeper Tobias Sippel has extended his expiring contract and will remain on for another year. The long-time foal (at the club since 2015) has made seven appearances for the club across all competitions this season.

January acquisition Jonas Omlin appears likely to retain the #1 slot so long as the Swiss international remains fit. Moreover, Jan Olschowsky is widely considered to be the BMG keeper of the future. It thus looks to be third-string duty for the former FC Kaiserslautern academy man. Club sporting director Roland Virkus nevertheless wished to emphasize that he felt Sippel could still furnish leadership in the locker room.

"Tobi has experienced a lot in his soon to be eight years at Borussia. He was always there when he was needed," Virkus is quoted as saying on the Gladbach website, "Now his role has changed a bit, but he remains an important factor for us - on and off the pitch."

For his part, Sippel declared himself "happy to play for another year." Like teammate Tony Jantschke last week, Sippel hinted that he might remain on with Gladbach as a coach once his active playing career comes to an end.

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