Croatian international forward Ante Rebic has signed a new contract at German Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 24-year-old has signed a four-year extension until 2022.
He had earlier been linked with a reunion with former Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, now at German champions Bayern Munich, but has opted against a move to the Allianz Arena.
Rebic scored two goals as Frankfurt stunned Bayern 3-1 in last season’s German Cup final under the guidance of Kovac to end a 30-year wait for a top flight trophy.
He was also linked with Premier League giants Manchester United this summer
On his contract extension, Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic told the club’s website that: “Ante was certainly one of the most positive stars of the World Cup and we do not have to hide the fact that he awakened interest.”
“It speaks for Eintracht Frankfurt that we have managed to keep such a strong player, who can certainly be described as a high flyer.
“Ante was wooed by some of the top clubs and had one or two better overseas offers, but staying with us shows that he has the Eagles in his heart and that we are on the right path with our plans, that we have taken another step forward in terms of cost-effectiveness and can keep top players.
“With his dynamism and speed, he fits perfectly into the system of our coach Adi Hutter. It was important for us to keep his qualities in our ranks.
“For many Eintracht fans, Ante is a figure of honour – not least because of his two beautiful goals in the DFB-Pokal final – and will have been keeping their fingers crossed to hear this great news. ”
Ante Rebic was part of the squad that surprisingly reached the final of this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.