Stefan Posch pens extension until 2023

Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim have reached an agreement with defender Stefan Posch to prematurely extend his contract until 30 June 2023. Since arriving in the Kraichgau, the 22-year-old Austrian has gone all the way from being a talented academy product to a senior international.

"For years, Stefan has been consistently progressing step by step with us. He works extremely hard and is completely focused on his objectives," said Alexander Rosen, the director of football at TSG, who believes that the young defender is "an extraordinary role model for many talented youngsters in the academy". The 40-year-old explained that youth players can often be way too impatient or feel pressured by their entourage to rush into what they deem to be the next step of their careers. "It's absolutely crucial for the development of young players to allow them to mature in a appropriate and calm environment for the challenges of the professional game", said Rosen, who believes this approach is vital if personal goals are to be achieved sustainably in professional football.

"Despite his age, Poschi has a very clear vision and his development over the course of the past few years bears that out," analysed Rosen, who added: "He has played himself onto the radars of numerous clubs thanks to his tough tackling, his strong physical presence and his good build-up play, so much so that we received an eight-figure bid for him in mid-July," revealed Rosen.

"For me, TSG remains the perfect club to establish myself at a high level. I'm very grateful for the opportunities and the appreciation that I am afforded here and I can promise I will continue to give absolutely everything to ensure we continue on our path to success," said Posch of his decision to sign a contract extension in Hoffenheim.

Stefan Posch moved to TSG Hoffenheim in 2015 from the academy of Austrian Bundesliga club Admira Wacker in the state of Lower Austria. He was finally promoted to the senior squad in the summer of 2017 and made his professional debut later that year in a Europa League match against Bulgarians Ludogorets. That has since been followed by regular appearances in the Bundesliga for TSG. Posch has represented the club 26 times in the German top flight, twice in the Champions League and four times in the Europa League. The centre-back's good performances for the Kraichgau club saw him called up to the senior Austria squad for the first time in the summer of 2019.

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