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Dortmund sign back-up keeper Marwin Hitz to contract extension

By Peter Vice

Some glaring errors in recent weeks evidently mattered little to the BVB. They announced a contract extension with 33-year-old backup keeper Marwin Hitz on Thursday. 

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Swiss keeper Marwin Hitz inked new contract with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday that will keep him in Nordrhein-westfallen through 2023. BVB sporting director Michael Zorc issued a statement on the club's website indicating that the organization held the veteran in the highest regard "both in sporting and personal terms."

Hitz has made 11 starts between the sticks across all competitions for the Schwarzgelben thus far this cycle; an unusually high number for a back-up net-minder. Former BVB head-coach Lucien Favre used him often early in the season for reasons not fully explained. In recent weeks he's been deputizing for countryman Roman Bürki.

It's no secret that die Borussen actively seek a goalkeeping upgrade after the season. It's thus possible that, by extending Hitz's expiring contract, the club feels comfortable with him as the #2 and may seek to dispose of Bürki. As to whether the recovering Bürki or Hitz will man the posts this weekend, interim head-coach Edin Terzic remains tight-lipped.

"It's true that I don't like to talk about the lineup," Terzic said at his Thursday press conference, "The team will be the first to know it and so it shall remain."

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