Manchester United target Ricardo Rodriguez commits to Wolfsburg over winter move

Wolfsburg have extended the contract of star defender Ricardo Rodriguez until 2019, putting paid to Manchester United's hopes of signing the Switzerland international for now.

A move for Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez this month looks to have been ruled out for Manchester United, with the Switzerland international extending his contract with the Bundesliga club until 2019.

Rodriguez, 22, joined Wolfsburg from FC Zurich in 2012 and has since established himself as one of the top full-backs in German football, making 87 league appearances for the club.

His starring performances at the World Cup last summer lead to claims of interest from the likes of United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur and, while no deal ever materialised, Louis van Gaal’s side were reported to be preparing a bid in the mid-season window.

Of course, the club do have summer signing Luke Shaw at their disposal, but the lack of genuine cover behind the former Southampton man has left them exposed at times over the first half of the season.

"Ricardo Rodriguez has developed really well and his contract extension is an important step since he is a very important member of our team," director of sport Klaus Allofs told Wolfsburg’s official website.

"We're delighted that we have been able to convince him to carry on along the road we are going and we hope that it will continue as successfully as it has been so far."

Rodriguez himself added: "I've been here for three years and I've settled in well and made many friends here.

"The team is great and it didn't take me long to agree [to stay]."

Wolfsburg sit second in the Bundesliga table at present, 11 points behind title holders Bayern Munich, but six ahead of fellow Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen in third.

Rodriguez thus looks set to taste European football next season whatever the case, but it’s worth noting that Kicker have reported his new contract contains a €25-30 million release clause, which can first be triggered in 2016.

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