BELL REMAINS LOYAL TO MAINZ
Leader and key figure of Mainz 05's identity extends until 2023
Stefan Bell has extended his expiring contract with Mainz 05 until 2023. The 29-year-old centre-back is the longest-serving Mainz player in the current squad: With a brief interruption due to loan spells, Bell has been active for the club since 2007, when he moved from TuS Mayen to the Mainz U17s, and has played 212 competitive games (11 goals, 11 assists) for the Zerofivers in his professional career in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Europa League.
In the second half of last season, he fought his way back into the starting eleven after a long injury and played 16 Bundesliga games to help his team stay in the league. His winning goal in the Zerofivers' 3-2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on the last matchday marked the positive end to Mainz's race to stay up.
"Stefan has fought his way back after a break of almost one and a half years and has really committed himself to the team. He has absolutely earned this contract through his performance, is also an important component of our team off the pitch and an absolute role model - after all, he has been a Zerofiver for half of his life. We are delighted that he will remain loyal to us," said Christian Heidel, Director of Sport at Mainz 05.
He has absolutely earned this contract through his performance, is also an important component of our team off the pitch and an absolute role model.
05 head coach Bo Svensson: "With his experience and his leadership qualities, Stefan is an absolute asset to our team on and off the pitch. He has an immense overview and good build-up play, and played a big part in stabilising our defence in the second half of the season. Stefan embodies the values that make Mainz 05 what it is, he is a Zerofiver through and through."
"Not only an employer, but a matter of the heart".
"I have two extremely varied seasons behind me, which were also characterised by my long-term injury. Although I always felt the club's support even during my injury, I am incredibly proud and happy about how the last six months have gone for me personally and for the club. I grew up playing football at Mainz 05, the club is not just an employer for me, but a matter of the heart - and with Bo Svensson, Christian Heidel and Martin Schmidt, there are people at the helm who feel the same way. That's why I'm happy to stay here and will continue to give my all for Mainz 05, the team and the fans," says Stefan Bell.