Borussia Dortmund are eager to tie down Marco Reus to a new contract after the Germany international recently returned to action after a 259-day absence.
Reus, 28, was ruled out of the first half of the season after he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in last season’s DFB Pokal final.
The attacking midfielder is now back in the frame for Dortmund, scoring twice in just five games to remind the Bundesliga side of his considerable talents.
Reus, who was a reported long-term target for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, has less than 18 months left on his current deal.
“We totally understood that Marco did not want to enter contract talks during his injury,” sporting director Michael Zorc told Sport Bild. “And, of course, we will now intensify the talks.”
Whether Klopp could be back in for Reus remains to be seen, but he coached the talented attacker at Dortmund and he may well still be looking for someone to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho.
Reus told GQ in October that he could leave Dortmund next year.
“There are four or five international clubs who interest me. On May 31, 2019, I will turn 30. That would be my last big contract and a final opportunity to try something different,” said Reus.
“I have to be honest and fair and say I don’t know where I’ll end up. At the moment, I’m very happy in Dortmund and not thinking about what happens after 2019. But of course, the time will come and then I will sit down and calmly make a decision.”