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Arne Maier extends his contract!

Hertha BSC and the homegrown talent continue working together for the years to come. The 19-year-old will stay in the German capital for the long term.

Berlin - The next piece to the puzzle in building Hertha’s future has been added. At the start of the week, the club extended Arne Maier’s contract for the long term, which was initially set to expire in 2019. “Arne has definitely been one of the discoveries of the season so far. He’s made the jump from youth to senior football very capably and has shown the gross amount of potential that he has. We’re confident that there’s a lot more to come,” said Michael Preetz on the youngster’s extension. The sporting director went on to add: “It’s our philosophy to stay committed to our youth setup and help them to grow and develop. Arne is one of the shining examples of our academy. We’re really happy that he’s chosen to continue his path at Hertha and get even better.”
Maier, who can play all across the midfield, has really broken into Hertha’s senior squad this season. He’s made 12 appearances in the Bundesliga so far, as well as playing in three Europa League games and once in the DFB-Pokal. “The negotiations went really well, so by the end it was really a no-brainer for me to extend my contract here. It was always my goal as a youth player to play for the first team in the Olympiastadion. The fact that that dream has become a reality played a big part in my decision,” the 19-year-old said. “When you play for one club for eleven years, it really becomes a part of you. It’s like your family and a second home.”

Berlin - The next piece to the puzzle in building Hertha’s future has been added. At the start of the week, the club extended Arne Maier’s contract for the long term, which was initially set to expire in 2019. “Arne has definitely been one of the discoveries of the season so far. He’s made the jump from youth to senior football very capably and has shown the gross amount of potential that he has. We’re confident that there’s a lot more to come,” said Michael Preetz on the youngster’s extension. The sporting director went on to add: “It’s our philosophy to stay committed to our youth setup and help them to grow and develop. Arne is one of the shining examples of our academy. We’re really happy that he’s chosen to continue his path at Hertha and get even better.”

Maier, who can play all across the midfield, has really broken into Hertha’s senior squad this season. He’s made 12 appearances in the Bundesliga so far, as well as playing in three Europa League games and once in the DFB-Pokal. “The negotiations went really well, so by the end it was really a no-brainer for me to extend my contract here. It was always my goal as a youth player to play for the first team in the Olympiastadion. The fact that that dream has become a reality played a big part in my decision,” the 19-year-old said. “When you play for one club for eleven years, it really becomes a part of you. It’s like your family and a second home.”

A Hertha player since 2007

In 2007, the then eight-year-old Maier made the move to the Berlin club’s academy from Ludwigsfelder FC. Since then, the midfielder has played in every single youth team. And in his time with the Under-15s, he worked with his current head coach, Pál Dárdai. Under the guidance of the Hungarian coach, Maier and his fellow ’99 born teammates experienced a very successful time. And in the second half of the 2016/2017 season, Dárdai brought up his onetime protégé to the senior squad. He would make his Bundesliga debut in May 2017 on matchday 33, when he came on in the closing stages of an away victory in Darmstadt.

Teams, 27.05.2018
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