Austrian striker Marc Janko, currently Europe's leading goal scorer, has extended his contract with Austrian league side Red Bull Salzburg until 2013, the club announced Friday. "I have decided to extend my contract with Red Bull Salzburg by two years, despite a few very promising offers from abroad," Janko said in a statement from the club.
"I feel my career has reached a very important and decisive stage and at this point, what I need is continuity and a perfect environment in which I feel at ease and I can give my best performance." The financial details of the deal were not published. Janko, who is currently in the running for the European Golden Shoe with 30 goals scored this season, had said earlier that he wished to play abroad, but his club ruled out any transfers before summer 2009.
Britain's Daily Mirror reported that the Austrian had received several offers from English Premier League clubs this winter, including £6 million from Blackburn Rovers, to make up for the potential departure of Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz.
Salzburg, however, wanted £9 million, the Mirror said. The Austrian press also reported interest from over a dozen major European clubs in recent months, from Manchester United to Werder Bremen, Juventus Turin and Olympique Marseille. Janko began playing at FC Tyrol before joining Red Bull Salzburg in 2005.
After winning the league in 2007, the club dropped to second place in the final table last year and has been working hard this season to get its fifth league title.