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Kuranyi staying at Stuttgart

Kevin Kuranyi has signed a new deal with VfB Stuttgart, which ties him to the Bundesliga leaders until 2008.

Kevin Kuranyi has extended his contract with Bundesliga leaders VfB Stuttgart until 2008.

Future in Stuttgart
The German international striker, who scored three goals to help Stuttgart reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, said: "I decided to stay at VfB because I love life here and they have a bright future."

Kuranyi's previous deal was due to expire in 2005 and, with clubs at home and abroad showing interest in the 21-year-old, Stuttgart were keen for him to agree a new one. Club president Erwin Staudte revealed the new contract was performance-related with up to a third of Kuranyi's salary dependent on his success on the pitch.

'The right decision'
Kuranyi's agent, the former Stuttgart and Germany defender Karlheinz Förster, said: "It was the right decision from the sporting perspective and not so much about the money. His coach Felix Magath and the team certainly played a role because Kevin knows that he owes them a lot. It was a decision of the heart."

Promising pair
The news is another boost to Stuttgart who announced three weeks ago that Kuranyi's Germany team-mate Andreas Hinkel had signed a new deal with the club.