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Did Marco Reus make the right choice?

By NICK PAPADIS
College Contributor Network

After almost six months of speculation and transfer rumors, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus has signed a new contract. The German international has been linked to almost every major club in Europe, yet these rumors have been put to rest with Reus' new deal.

However, in the midst of this decision, the question remains: Did Reus make the best decision for his career?

The short answer to this question is both yes and no. Reus will also be able to focus more on his playing, and less on the off-the-field issues that are ever-present during a contract or transfer saga. Additionally, Reus' career will be boosted by the fact that he is one of the top players at his club.

Reus' commitment to Dortmund shows he is a very dedicated player with loyalty to his team, which is very commendable seeing as many major clubs likely offered him more money -- this will raise his stock with fans drastically. Dortmund fans who may have doubted Reus and thought he was going to leave the club will have renewed hope. The club will also hope that extending his contract will help build morale amongst both the team and fans who are struggling to keep their team spirit with the side currently near the relegation zone.

The threat of relegation is the detriment to Reus and his career.

One year ago, Dortmund sat in second place in the league right behind rivals Bayern Munich. However, with the departure of Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund's goal-scoring ability decreased drastically. The start of the 2014/15 campaign did not go well at all, and Dortmund currently sits only one point above last place. This is where Reus's career could be drastically hurt by his resigning with Borussia Dortmund.

With two teams being relegated at the end of the season, Dortmund needs to do everything in their power to get clear of the relegation zone. If the Black and Yellow are not able to remain in the Bundesliga, it could really cost Reus who, as one of the world's elite players, should remain in a top league.

If Dortmund does get relegated, Reus would not be playing against top competition, and his form would likely suffer. This would not be an issue in league play, but would greatly hurt the winger's stock on the world stage and at the international level.

In addition to this being an issue for his career with the German National Team, Reus would also suffer if he does ever want to make a transfer away from Jurgen Klopp's side. It would be much more difficult for Reus to have the top-quality suitors that he has had thus far. Teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea may not consider Reus the top priority if he were making a move from a second-tier side.

At 25 years old, Marco Reus may have missed his best opportunity to move to a very elite club. Though he still has several years at the top of his game, by signing the new contract with Dortmund Reus has committed the best years of his career to a struggling side.

That being said, there is a lot to be said for loyalty and repayment for this devotion in the form of fans' respect is immeasurable. Though there are both pluses and minuses to Reus's choice, the benefits clearly outweighed the risks to the German international.

Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk
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