Marco Reus spoke up after extending his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2024. The 33-year-old also commented on the criticism of himself and his future in the national team.
“I’m very, very proud and happy,” Reus told the club’s media about his new working paper: “Some things have been delayed. I didn’t know the feeling of waiting because I’d always extended my contract early. We had a good one Exchange. But of course there’s always a bit of a thrill, because you never know which direction it’s really going.”
Recently, the attacking midfielder has been criticized more often, coach Edin Terzic has not included the native of Dortmund in his starting line-up several times. In the current season, Reus has made 26 competitive appearances for BVB, scoring eight goals and assisting seven more.
“Basically, criticism is part of it and is justified. But it should be respectful,” said Reus: “But it has become too violent in recent years, not just for me. We are only human and want to be treated accordingly. It It’s not all black or white, there is a middle ground.”
The BVB professional explained that he had found a way for himself to deal with the criticism: “It’s part of the business. But it can be a burden on yourself and your family if a lot of negative things are written about you.”
Reus: EM participation “still a goal”
Reus has not yet checked off participation in the 2024 home European Championship. He is in contact with national coach Hansi Flick.
“We are very open to each other. In the new year we will talk about how the performance is. There is no pressure, but if I am needed, there are worse things than being able to play for the national team,” said Reus. The EM is “still a goal, but it’s still far away”.