Bashkim Ajdini and Ulreich Tafferthofer have extended their contracts at VfL Osnabrück until 2021.
The 27-year-old Ajdini signed from SG Sonnenhof Großaspach in 2016 and has been a regular for Daniel Thioune’s side this season, making 28 appearances.
He scored his fourth goal of the season on Sunday as his side beat Holstein Kiel 4-1 to secure their 2. Bundesliga status in their first season following promotion.
Sporting director Benjamin Schmedes admits that only a one-year extension, announced on Thursday, has been offered due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, but that Ajdini is “a reliable player who has not yet finished developing” and he said the club are “pleased” to have him on board for next season.
“I am very happy about the contract extension at VfL Osnabrück,” says Ajdini himself. “Even after four years, it means a lot to me to lace up my football boots for this club and to run up in front of our fans, which fills me with pride.”
The club followed this announcement on Friday with confirmation that Taffertshofer will also be back next season. He has been a key part of their midfield since signing from SpVgg Unterhaching two years ago.
Schmedes says the 28-year-old midfielder, brother of Sandhausen’s Emmanuel, “has played a central role for us both on and off the pitch” and has been “a stabiliser” for the team.
Taffertshofer adds that he “never regretted moving from Bavaria to Osnabrück” and is keen to help the club build on its development next season – “hopefully again in front of spectators at the Bremer Brücke.”
The pair are the fourth and fifth players to sign an extension in recent weeks, following Maurice Trapp, Etienne Amenyido and Sebastian Klaas. Another key player in Anas Ouahim is out of contract next week with the club keen to extend, finances permitting.
Article updated 26th June to include details of Taffertshofer’s extension.