International Soccer - Germany

Stranzl extends Monchengladbach stay

Monchengladbach, Germany ( - Borussia Monchengladbach announced Tuesday that the club has signed defender Martin Stranzl to a one- year extension.

Stranzl originally planned to hang up his boots last summer but was convinced to play on for another season.

"Martin has been in our starting XI for 20 out of 21 competitive matches for us this season," said the club's director of sport Max Eberl. "He's an important lead figure in our team and we're delighted that we will have him with us next year too."

Stranzl, 33, joined 'Gladbach from Spartak Moscow in January 2011 and made his 100th appearance for the club in last weekend's 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

02/11 11:40:57 ET