Clemens Fritz signed a new two-year deal with Werder Bremen on Thursday with an option for a third season.

The 31-year-old Fritz has committed to Bremen through the summer of 2014, and the club captain ends a recent trend of players planning to leave the club.

Goalkeeper Tim Wiese announced he would leave after the season, and striker Claudio Pizarro has also revealed his intentions to depart the club.

"I know what is expected of me and I would like to work on that," Fritz said. "I am convinced about the perspectives of this young team and feel really good in Bremen."

"Clemens is a real force for Werder Bremen. He is our captain and also plays an important role off the pitch. We are happy that we could extend with him," Bremen coach Klaus Allofs said.

Fritz joined Werder Bremen in 2006 from Bayer Leverkusen, and has played 168 Bundesliga matches for the club and 20 more in the Champions League. He also has 22 caps for Germany on the international level since his debut in 2006.