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Leverkusen snap up Vladlen Yurchenko

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Bayer Leverkusen have continued their summer dealings by luring young Ukrainian star, Vladlen Yurchenko from Shakhtar Donetsk. 

According to Sky Sports, the 20 year old has signed a two contract with the Bundesliga side, keeping him at the BayArena until 30th June 2016. Yurchenko will also be given the option to extend if he wishes to do so. 

Leverkusen's sporting director, Rudi Voller is excited to have a player of Yurchenko's potential join the side and he believes he has a promising future here in Germany. 

"In Vladlen Yurchenko we have signed another talented player ready to take the next big step in his career," Voller told Leverkusen's official website. 

"This transfer fits in perfectly with our philosophy of giving promising young players the chance to show what they can do at the top of the game perhaps earlier than other clubs."

Yurchenko has risen through the ranks in the Ukrainian national team set up having played at Under 16s, Under 17s, Under 19s and now the Under 21s. 

The young midfielder will meet up with the team on Monday when training for the new season gets under way. Roger Schmidt's side's first game will be an away trip Borussia Dortmund. 

Last season Leverkusen finished fourth, claiming Champions League football for another season but the fans know it could have been so much more. For the first half of the season, Leverkusen were neck and neck with their rivals Bayern Munich and they held the Bavarians to a draw at the midway stage of the season. But after that, it was a slippery slope for Bayer as they suffered 12 defeats in 17 matches. Luckily Sascha Lewandowksi revived the club and ensured they would be competing in Europe again. 

Unfortunately, the club have lost one of their greatest assets, Emre Can after Premier League club, Liverpool snapped their talismanic midfielder for £9 million. But in return, Schmidt has brought a number of young prospects who could lead the club on to future successes. 

Upfront, Switzerland man, Josip Drmic will lead the Leverkusen line after completing his move from FC Nürnberg. He joins Brazilian left back, Wendell Borges, on loan Roma defender, Tin Jedvaj and goalkeeper, Dario Kresic who joins from Mainz. 

Building on last year, Leverkusen will hope to fight their way to the top however their rivals have also been busy in the transfer window. Bayern Munich notably recruited Robert Lewandowski back in January and they have signed on Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Claudio Pizarro. In reply, Dormtund have brought in Hertha Berlin forward, Adrian Ramos as well as highly rated Torino striker, Circo Immobile. 


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