Borussia Dortmund have officially extended teenage star, Nnamdi Collins, for another season as they look to groom another youngster.
The club is famed for nurturing young players that turn out to be breakout stars after a period of time.
The 16-year-old defender has been with the Black & Yellows since 2016 and has already featured in the U17 Bundesliga this term. Collins, who could still play another season in the U17s, will play in the U19 Bundesliga from next season.
Clubs' youth coordinator Lars Ricken told the club website that they are targeting the future with the extension.
"We're very happy that in Nnamdi, BVB have retained the services of outstanding talent in German youth football for the long term."
On his part, the sporting director Michael Zorc added: "We want to gradually ease Nnamdi towards the professional squad and give him the time to develop."
The teenage defender with Nigerian ancestry was chafed about the extension.
"I've now been playing for BVB since I was 12 and I owe the club a lot. My objective is to turn professional at BVB and to play in front of the South Stand at some point. I'm really thankful for the way that all of my previous coaches, my family and my advisors have supported me, and I'm really looking forward to the coming years at BVB."