Raum extends contract until 2026

TSG Hoffenheim are pushing ahead with their squad planning. The Bundesliga club have prematurely extended Germany international David Raum's contract by one year until 30 June 2026.

"Especially in such challenging times, it is of the utmost importance to think strategically and take decisions with the future in mind, despite all the sporting and economic challenges," said TSG director of football Alexander Rosen. "At present, David is definitely of the biggest rising stars in German football. He has experienced an almost surreal year and continued his strong development with us over the past months. We had big expectations when we signed David around half a year ago, but to be honest, he has exceeded them at top speed," Rosen added.

"Having made my decision to look for a new sporting challenge last summer, I was in the privileged position of being able to choose between a range of options. After my first talks with Alexander Rosen and Sebastian Hoeness, I very quickly got the feeling that TSG was exactly the right club for me and today I can say with hindsight that I did everything right," explained Raum. "I felt a great deal of trust here from the very first moment and was given an excellent reception by everyone. The bold and attacking style of play at Hoffenheim suits me and my game so well that I didn't have to think twice about extending my contract. We're on a very good path and I want to use all my energy to help us continue to play attractive and successful football," he said of his current contract extension.

The highly talented and extremely fast 23-year-old established himself immediately as a regular on the left side of the TSG defence after joining last summer on a free transfer from SpVgg Greuther Fürth, where he attracted attention for his strong attacking play. He has scored two goals and notched six assists in 18 Bundesliga games for TSG, and also featured in the three DFB-Pokal matches. The online sports portal Spox named Raum the "Bundesliga Rookie of the First Half-Season" during the winter break. Germany coach Hansi Flick is also convinced of the Hoffenheim man's huge potential and has already fielded him three times for the national team.

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