National player Schulz to stay until 2021

It's not quite Christmas yet, but TSG Hoffenheim have essentially given themselves an early present. The club have triggered a clause in Nico Schulz's contract which means that the left-back will now be tied to the club for an additional year until summer 2021.

''Nico's development with us over the last 12 months has been absolutely sensational. We saw enormous potential in him from the very start, but what's been truly remarkable is the way he's been able to call on his talent so quickly, so impressively and so consistently,'' said Alexander Rosen. The director of football is particularly delighted: ''that we included a clause in his contract which now makes it possible for us to keep a highly sought-after German international at TSG for another year.''

Nico Schulz made the move to the Kraichgau in the summer of 2017, signing from fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. It wasn't just TSG fans and staff who were immediately impressed by the Berlin native's dynamism, stamina and speed down the left wing; Germany coach Joachim Löw also took notice. The 25-year-old Schulz was called-up as part of a new-look squad after the desperately disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia. The left-footer received his first cap on 9 September in a friendly match against Peru, played at his ''home'' stadium the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. He went on to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. Since then, Schulz has received four call-ups to the national side. The product of Hertha Berlin's youth set-up had previously represented his country a total of 50 times at various age levels. 

Until now, he has played a total of 55 matches for TSG. He has scored twice for the club: one goal in 41 Bundesliga appearances, one in 4 cup appearances. The tireless runner has also worn the blue of TSG a total of five times in European competition.  


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