As of: 06/23/2022 4:53 p.m

    Bayer Leverkusen has prematurely extended the long-term contract with young national player Florian Wirtz.

    The club from the Rhineland announced this on Thursday (06/23/2022). Wirtz, who is currently suffering from a cruciate ligament tear, originally had a working paper at Bayer Leverkusen until summer 2026. The club and players have now agreed on a further extension until summer 2027.

    Wirtz came to Leverkusen from local rivals 1. FC Köln in January 2020 and quickly became a regular player and top performer. He made his debut for the national team in September 2021, before suffering the aforementioned cruciate ligament rupture in the derby against 1. FC Köln in March 2022 and being suddenly slowed down. Despite the serious injury, Wirtz hopes to take part in the World Cup in Qatar.

    Former sporting director Völler: “Will attack at national and international level”

    “We were able to show one of the best German players of the coming decade important and convincing perspectives,” said the outgoing sports director Rudi Völler: “Florian knows that we will continue to be competitive in Leverkusen in the coming years and will attack at national and international level . And he will be an important part of it.”

    Völler’s successor, Simon Rolfes, who took over as managing director in July Sports will take over, explained: “Florian is a special player. He is of great sporting importance for our club, and we offer him the best opportunities for a fantastic sporting career.”

    Young star Wirtz sees “breathtaking” development in Leverkusen

    Wirtz himself was very satisfied with the sporting “development in the past two years”, which from his point of view was “almost breathtaking and certainly not foreseeable in this form”.

    There is “a lot in us and in this club”. His teammates are also “a key reason” for his well-being in the Champions League participant.