New deal for Olic

  • Last Updated: April 24 2014, 14:15 BST

Wolfsburg have extended the contract of striker Ivica Olic by two years until 2016.

Olic: Will now stay with Wolfsburg in Germany
Olic: Will now stay with Wolfsburg in Germany

The Croatian, who joined the club from Bayern Munich in 2012, has scored 22 goals for the club, including 13 this season.

He was reportedly a target of Stoke City, but has now committed his future to the Bundesliga club, who may still be able to offer him Champions League football next season.

"I'm delighted that my future has now been resolved and that I am going to continue playing for Wolfsburg," Olic said.

"We want to try to be successful in the Bundesliga and in Europe next season and I love being part of this team, and my family is happy here too."

Not only Stoke had been keeping their eyes on the 34-year-old, whose contract was due to expire in June.

"When a player like Ivica Olic, who is attracting the attention of clubs at home and abroad, decides to continue his career here in Wolfsburg, then that shows that we are convincing our players with the direction we want to go in," said the club's director of sport Klaus Allofs.

"His contract extension is another important piece in the puzzle which is our preparations for next season, and beyond."

Coach Dieter Hecking was also delighted by Olic's decision, saying: "There's nothing more that really can be said about his quality. He is hugely important for our young team, not just because of his great experience."