Gladbach hand Raffael new deal

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Raffael has extended his stay at the Bundesliga outfit by at least another two years after putting pen to paper on a new contract.

The Brazilian has become an integral part of Gladbach's first XI since joining the club from Dynamo Kyiv in 2013 making 116 appearances over the past three seasons.

The tricky forward's consistency with the club, scoring 44 goals and providing a further 26 assists, has been rewarded with a new contract that runs till 2019.

Sporting director Max Eberl was delighted upon revealing the news of the agreement to keep Raffael with die Fohlen.

"We've got great characters and a great structure in the team," he told the club's official website.

"We've got experienced professionals and I count Raffael, who can lead the team in a different manner, amongst them."