Bayer Leverkusen director Jonas Boldt has rubbished speculation that Emir Spahic will leave the club, by adamantly claiming that he will stay this summer.
The 33-year-old defender has been linked with a move away from the BayArena after just one year at the club. He left Sevilla last summer for an undisclosed fee but there have been reports that the centre back may leave following Sami Hyypia's sacking.
Spahic, who previously played for Montpellier, was once rumoured to be on his way to the Premier League after interest from Arsenal and Wigan. After featuring 33 times in all competitions for Leverkusen, Bodt is certain that the centre back will be staying as he holds a crucial role in the club's plans.
"He is fully part of our plans for the new season. He will be back at our club, this is what we expect."
Following a very successful year with Leverkusen which saw them attain fourth place and play in the Champions League, Spahic is capping off his fine season by captaining Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brazil for the World Cup. The team made a disappointing start to proceedings after losing 2-1 to Argentina, and were eliminated from the tournament after a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria.
General manager Rudi Voller will be hoping to push his side closer to the top next year, closing the gap on Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Already the club have signed Switzerland striker Josip Drmic as well as Wendell Borges and Dario Kresic. On top of that, earlier this week, they revealed they had captured Croatian Under-21 International Tin Jedvaj from Roma on a two-year loan deal. Voller, who is a fan of the youngster, is excited to see what the talented centre back can provide as he hopes the experience alongside the veteran Bosnian will push him on to the next stage of his development.
Going the other way is Emre Can who completed his move to Liverpool earlier this month for £9.75 million. The young German left the club after just a year when he initially made the switch from Bayern Munich. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been eyeing up the midfielder for a while and after activating his escape clause, Can became his second signing of the summer on top of striker Rickie Lambert.
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