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Marco Reus makes shock decision to give up Dortmund captaincy

Marco Reus at Dortmund
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The German star steps down from his leading role in the team after five years.

Marco Reus has announced his decision to voluntarily give up his captain’s armband at Borussia Dortmund. 

Reus, who has played at Dortmund for the past 12 years, was appointed as the full-time skipper ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. 

Reus’ decision to give up the captaincy comes shortly after the German midfielder signed a one-year contract extension at Signal Iduna Park.

“It’s very important for me to tell you something personally: I had a lot of time to think during my vacation and decided to pass on the captain’s armband,” said Reus in a video published on Dortmund’s official Twitter account.

“I informed Edin Terzic and Sebastian Kehl about this yesterday. I was allowed to wear this armband for five years with pride and honour. 

“Thank you for your support over the years and I wish Edin and Sebastian that they find a very good successor – I am sure that they will be successful.”

Last season, Reus came the closest to finally lifting the Bundesliga trophy with the Black and Yellows. However, a final-day heartbreak for Dortmund saw Bayern clinch the title through Jamal Musiala’s late winner against Koln.

Veteran defender Mats Hummels is the favourite candidate to become Dortmund’s next captain. Niklas Sule and Emre Can are the other experienced stars in Dortmund’s squad for the next campaign.