Bayer Leverkusen have made an immediate start to preparations for the new season after completing the signing of Swiss striker Josip Drmic from FC Nürnberg.
It was confirmed this week that Leverkusen completed negotiations with the 21-year-old, who scored 17 goals for his side yet unfortunately wasn’t able to steer them away from relegation.
The forward has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until June 30 2019. Once the deal was complete, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, expressed how pleased he was with this latest acquisition.
“A number of clubs were after him,” revealed Voller. "We’re happy he’s opted to join us. He’s quick, good in one-on-one situations and versatile as he can play up front and on the wing. Josip’s a quality player and matches our ambitions perfectly."
Drmic was unable to help his side dodge the Bundesliga trap door after their 4-1 defeat away at Schalke. Despite this, Drmic is excited about the future.
“I’m looking forward to competing at the top of the Bundesliga with Bayer 04, and hopefully we’ll also reach the Champions League group stages in August. I really wish I could’ve helped Nürnberg avoid relegation, but this is a dream come true. Leverkusen are a top side.”
Leverkusen’s new signing will be hoping to travel with the Swiss national team to Brazil this summer after his hot form in front of goal. Switzerland are grouped with Ecuador, France and Honduras.
His new side secured Champions League qualification place at the weekend after their 2-1 with over Werder Bremen and this promise, as well as top flight football, was obviously an offer too sweet to resist for Drmic.
Fan favourite Stefan Kießling has had another fruitful season, scoring 15 goals in the league this season. However, he was ruled out of the last few games with injury. His strike partner - Heung-Min Son - was in line to help secure a top-four finish for the fourth time in five years.
With this latest addition, Leverkusen fans can look at the future with optimism after securing another striker which sets up a dangerous trio to alternate with. They also have Eren Derdiyok as well as a backup which they will need to compensate during the extra fixtures next year.
Drmic was linked with Arsenal earlier this season but he has opted to stay in Germany as he rises through the ranks of the Bundesliga.
With Sidney Sam leaving the club this summer, Drmic will fill the void and could raise a few eyebrows from elsewhere in Europe if he is able to establish himself at a bigger club.
For Leverkusen, this is a move in the right direction as they continue to strengthen their attacking options. Next season they will try and close the gap between themselves and the top two. Their aim will be to attain an automatic place in the group stages of the Champions League.
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