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New deal for captain

Mark van Bommel extends stay until 2011

FC Bayern Munich and team captain Mark van Bommel have agreed a one-year extension to the midfielder’s contract, binding him to the club until 30 June 2011.

“A one-year extension is what I wanted,” Van Bommel commented. “I want to succeed with this team and win trophies. That’s our target now and for next season. Once we’ve hit our targets, we’ll talk again.”

“We’re very pleased we’ve reached agreement with Mark van Bommel on a contract extension in good time for the decisive weeks of the season,” commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, welcoming the new deal with the 32-year-old Netherlands international.

“In previous seasons, but especially in recent months, Mark has been a good, important and consistent guarantees for our team’s success. Furthermore, he is an exceptionally good captain and representative of FC Bayern Munich,” Rummenigge continued. Van Bommel joined Germany’s biggest club from Barcelona in the summer of 2006. He succeeded Oliver Kahn as club captain in summer 2008, becoming the first non-German player to wear the Munich captain’s armband.