Despite his team having dismal run in the Bundesliga this season, American attacking midfielder Julian Green has signed an extension that will keep him at Fürth until the end of the 2023-24 season.

The Florida-born player first joined the Kleeblätter prior to the 2017-18 season, and has been a fixture in their starting lineup ever since. As announced by the team, the extension to his contract will keep him in the small Franconian town next to Nürnberg through summer, 2024.

“Julian feels extremely comfortable with us and we are absolutely convinced of him and his quality. It speaks for him that he is now giving the signal that we will continue to work together in the future,” Fürth sporting director Rachid Azzouzi announced at the signing.

Fürth’s current coach Stefan Leitl, who has been leading the team since midway through the 2018-19 season, also registered his confidence in Green’s ability to be as valuable of an asset to the team going forward as he has been for the past few years.

“We like to talk about our path at the [team] and Julian is a very important player on the one hand, but is also one of those who have been on this path with us for the longest time,” Leitl said in the team’s press release. “We have already experienced a lot together and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”

Currently the team is in their second stint in Germany’s top tier, but is having a rough go of things this season, having only earned a single point through 12 games.

With relegation all but a mathematical certainty, the team clearly sees Green as an asset for their future in the 2. Bundesliga, where they have been a fairly dominant force in recent years.

Green’s fortunes have also gone similarly to Fürth’s; he has yet to register a goal or assist this season, but has been one of their better players when the team is in Germany’s second tier, last season netting nine goals and setting up two more as they finished second to earn promotion.

Green and Fürth are back in action on Saturday with a visit from Hoffenheim.

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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