1. FC Union Berlin captain Christopher Trimmel has signed a new contract extension with the club until June 2021.
The 32-year-old's existing deal was set to expire in the summer and Oliver Ruhnert, the club's Director for Professional Football, was swift to tie up the skipper. The right-back signed in 2014 from Rapid Vienna and he has gone on to become a fans' favourite at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Until the current winter break, Trimmel had made 179 appearances for the club. In 2019, the Austrian wrote history by leading the team to the first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga. Recently, Trimmel has returned to the national team fold and is in contention for a place in Austria's Euro 2020 squad.
"With the promotion to the Bundesliga, I have fulfilled a great dream. Now it's good to see that we are also functioning as a team in the Bundesliga and that we are developing as a team day by day. I've often stressed in the past that I feel extremely comfortable with Union and in Berlin, so extending my contract is the next logical step in the current situation. Now we have to continue to work hard together and to keep our status," said the 1. FC Union Berlin captain at the training camp in Spain.
"We are happy that Christopher will continue to play for Union in the coming season. Christopher has known the club for years, he leads the team both on and off the pitch and is a figure of identification for many players. In the first half of the season, he played every Bundesliga match and showed his enormous value for the team. Already during the last contract extension, the performance-oriented focus of the contract was important to both parties. After Christopher's good performance this season, we have therefore already decided to extend the contract," added Oliver Ruhnert.
The new deal is eligible for Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga competition.