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Johnson hopes to stay at Monchengladbach, push for Europa League

Fabian Johnson, after a six-week long stint on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, is back in training and ready to help guide Borussia Monchengladbach back up the table into a Europa League spot. He also hopes to keep battling with his Bundesliga team for years to come.

Johnson expressed a desire to remain at Monchengladbach into the far future, as he discussed his contract situation with German paper Westfalische Rundschau. The U.S. Men’s National Team winger, after joining the team from Hoffenheim in 2014, has thrived with Monchengladbach as he’s enjoyed one of his best years yet in 2016/17.

Johnson’s contract with Monchengladbach runs through the end of the 2017/18 season, set to expire on June 30th, 2018. But when asked about his contractual situation, Johnson expressed his hope that an extension would get done sooner than later.

“It is no secret that I have once again developed forward with Borussia. Anyone playing here can be happy, “said Johnson.

“We’re talking about it,” he added, “I hope [Sporting Director] Max [Eberl] is satisfied with my performance.”

With Monchengladbach in the midst of an injury crisis, the return of Johnson from injury comes at a time his services are most needed. Currently, Monchengladbach sit well down the Bundesliga table with 42 points down in ninth place, but Johnson doesn’t anticipate it remaining that way for long. In fact, he hopes to start turning it around this weekend if his coaches will allow him.

“The coaches must now decide whether I can help the team,” said Johnson. “”We will probably have to score points in all the three Bundesliga matches that we have now. I’m afraid we need the full amount of points to be sixth or seventh”

Monchengladbach are in a precarious position. John Brooks’ Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen, SC Freiburg, and FC Koln all sit above Gladbach with anywhere between 42 and 46 points, which means even winning out may not be enough. Still, Johnson is keeping hope. The fifth place team in the Bundesliga, currently Hertha Berlin, earn automatic qualification to the Europa League group stage, while the sixth place team enter in the third qualifying round. Both places are still in play for Monchengladbach.

The schedule is in their favor, as their final three matches come against teams in the bottom six. First is Johnson’s possible return against FC Augsburg this Saturday, followed by matches against Wolfsburg and the already-relegated Darmstadt 98.

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