Tom Rothe extends Borussia Dortmund contract and joins Holstein Kiel on loan

Tom Rothe of Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Tom Rothe of Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images) /

Highly rated left-back Tom Rothe has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund, and joined 2. Bundesliga side Holstein Kiel on loan for the 2023/24 season.

Borussia Dortmund have moved to extend the contract of Tom Rothe, with the young left-back putting pen to paper on a contract until the end of the 2025/26 season. Rothe has also joined Holstein Kiel on a season-long loan deal.

Tom Rothe made his Borussia Dortmund debut in April 2022 at the age of 17, as he was given the nod to start in the Bundesliga clash against Wolfsburg. He had a debut to remember, and scored his first senior goal just 24 minutes into the game.

But a string of injuries have meant that Rothe has been limited to just seven first-team appearances for Borussia Dortmund so far. Now the decision has been made to send the 18 year old out on loan for 12 months so he can get some playing time and match experience under his belt.

Holstein Kiel finished eighth in the 2. Bundesliga standings last season, and Rothe believes that the club is the ideal place for him to further his development in the coming season.

"“I’m very happy about my contract extension in Dortmund, but for now I’m looking forward to the challenge at Holstein Kiel. I want to develop further in the coming season and take on more responsibility on the pitch. Kiel is the ideal place to do that.”"

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said that they will be closely monitoring Tom Rothe’s development at Holstein Kiel in the coming months.

"“We firmly believe in Tom’s quality and want to underline this with a long-term contract extension. The next step is for him to be on the pitch as often as possible. We are convinced that he will succeed in doing that in Kiel. We will be following Tom’s development at Holstein very closely.”"

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The loan deal does not contain a purchase option, and Rothe will return to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2023/24 season.