Willi stays! We confirmed a contract extension with Willi Orban until 2025 last week. Willi also has a contract to remain at RB Leipzig past the end of his playing days.
Willi Orban on...
…his reasons for extending:
- "We’ve already achieved a lot together but my motivation is still really high. I hope and believe that that will continue. I still think that this is the best place to develop, gain perspective and have the best opportunities. My mission isn’t over yet – we have plenty still ahead of us.”
...his aims with the Roten Bullen:
- "I want to win something here, that’s what I train and work hard for every day. There’s something brewing here. We have already developed really nicely, finishing as the runners up in the Bundesliga and the Pokal as well as reaching the semifinals of the Champions League. My long-term goal is to win a title with Leipzig."
…his role in the team:
- "I’ve developed well in this season alone. At my position, you always get better with age. So it’s my aim to be a leader at the back, to provide some stability and lead the young players as we fight on three fronts: the league, Pokal and Champions League.”
...the upcoming European Championship:
- "Obviously the game against Germany will be something quite special. The same goes for the matches against France and Portugal as well though. If things keep improving then we will be playing in front of crowds. All of that makes it a very special tournament and definitely a highlight of my career.”
...influential figures at the club:
- "At the start it was Ralf Rangnick, who was ultimately the reason for my transfer here. He advised me closely and helped me develop. When I look back over the six years, not many players have had the impact of Marcel Sabitzer or Dominik Kaiser. Marvin Compper and Fabio Coltorti were also players who represented this club well and showed me what made the people and this area tick.”
- "There are lots of things that interest me and plenty of options – but things are still fairly open. No matter what, we’ll get together and come to a decision in four years time at the latest.”