Bellinghausen commits to Fortuna

The veteran fan-favourite is staying with 'his club'.

Bellinghausen commits to Fortuna
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On Monday, Fortuna Düsseldorf confirmed that they have extended the contract of Axel Bellinghausen.

The left-sided player's deal was set to run out this summer, and while no date has been announced, it is widely expected it will run until June 2017.

Impressive showing at the weekend

Fortuna's Publikumsliebling celebrated his extension with a fine performance against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, as they triumphed by the odd goal in a seven-goal thriller.

It was a massive win for the club and lifted them out of the relegation places, much to the relief of to new manager, Friedhelm Funkel.

The pair will both be hoping that they can now kick on and clear their minds of any relegation worries as soon as possible.

Consistent performer

Bellinghausen's deal will see him enter an eighth year as a professional at the ESPRIT arena outfit.

His first four seasons saw him feature in the fourth tier, with his performance down the left earning a move to Bundesliga side, Kaiserslautern.

A further four years on the Betzenberg saw him feature over 100 times for the Red Devils, before taking off to FC Augsburg.

He helped keep the club up during their first season of Bundesliga action, as well as playing a large part in gaining promotion.

Bellinghausen is remaining in Westfalen. | Photo: Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Bellinghausen is remaining in Westfalen. | Photo: Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Heading home

After that, a return to the city and club where he began his career was next. Fortuna, just an hour from where Bellinghausen was born, welcomed him back in 2012.

Adding this time to his previous spell, the 32-year-old has played around 180 games for the club and should surpass 200 next season.

A key member of the team, his crossing and set-pieces make him a major asset on the left. 

He believes it will give the team a "momentum boost" ahead of the relegation battle, stating that the deal is a "positive signal".

Bellinghausen, speaking to the club website, also added: "Fortuna are my club, everyone should know that by now."