Borussia Dortmund secured the long-term future of defender Neven Subotic on Wednesday afternoon, with the 26-year-old extending his contract with the eight-time German champions by a further two years to keep him at the club until June 2018.

"I'm extremely happy about my decision to stay with BVB. Dortmund has now become my second home. I'm now looking forward to a successful future with our team and our fantastic fans behind us. We have a great deal to do in the immediate future, and I want to make a big contribution," said the Serbia-born centre-back after signing his new deal.

"Though he's only 26, Neven is ideal for us due to his many years of experience and continuity with BVB. Both on a sporting and a human level, he is a perfect fit for Borussia Dortmund," explained Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke.

"Neven came to us as a very young lad. In the more than seven-year spell since he joined BVB, he has become a true Black and Yellow both on and off the pitch. We're convinced that he'll be one of our key players in the years to come," emphasised Sporting Director Michael Zorc.

Subotic, who has made 186 Bundesliga appearances and scored 15 goals for BVB, moved from Mainz to Dortmund in 2008. Together with Mats Hummels, he formed the youngest centre-back partnership in Bundesliga history.