Borussia Dortmund’s Swiss shot stopper Gregor Kobel met with Sebastian Kehl and Hans-Joachim Watzke this weekend in what is being noted as a likely effort to iron out the final details of his long awaited contract extension.
It seems like Dortmund are moving forward with securing Gregor Kobel’s services for the long term as the player had a meeting with the Dortmund bosses today, seemingly in an effort to finalize the remaining details of his contract extension. The Switzerland international has been prolific in goal since joining Die Schwarzgelben and making sure he remains at the club long term was always going to be a sensible goal for the club to push for.
Kobel’s current contract runs until 2026, but considering how consistent the player has been, amending the conditions surrounding his current deal to ensure longevity in black and yellow is one of the few decisions they’ve seemingly gotten right this season (so far). The new contract will at least cement a portion of Dortmund’s future spine for the seasons to come.
With the signature of Kobel to a long term deal now pending, Dortmund’s next goals should be to shore up the players ahead of the Swiss keeper. In Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck, Dortmund have a long term center back pairing, and Ramy Bensebaini seems to be their choice at left back moving forward. To compliment Kobel’s long term commitment, signing a proper right back would do much to assure Dortmund have a back line capable of helping Kobel maintain consistent form. No keeper is able to single handedly keep opposition attackers at bay, and bringing in the proper reinforcements would be more of an assurance in this vein.
Dortmund legend Roman Weidenfeller was quoted in calling Kobel one of the club’s most important signings in recent years, and his weekly performances do this praise justice. Kobel’s new deal, when announced, will be immense news for the club, but it will be only one of the many steps they need to take to put together a squad capable of truly competing for silverware.