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Stefan Kießling committed to Bayer Leverkusen despite transfer speculation

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Stefan Kießling has no desire to leave Bayer Leverkusen despite being linked with a move to the Premier League once again. 

The 30 year-old striker has spoken out after further speculation regarding his future following on from a strong 2013-14 campaign. 

He scored 10 goals in 23 appearances in the Bundesliga last season which was substantially lower than the previous season where he finished as the top scorer with 25 goals. 

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However, he has already made a fine start to the new season after he netted five times last Friday against Alemania Waldalgesheim in the DFB Pokal first round, which finished 6-0. 

He then followed this up with a goal in the club's 3-2 first leg win away at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League play-off. 

Speaking to the German newspaper, Die Welt, Kießling said: "I am under contract at Bayer Leverkusen for three more years (2017). I would like to complete that contract.

"What happens then depends on many different factors, like the manager, the team and my physical condition. There is no use planning in advance."

Kießling career in brief:

The experienced striker has been at just two clubs in his 11 career in the Germany league but began his career with TSV Eintracht Bamberg, rising up through the club's academy. He then began his senior career at FC Nürnberg but it was when he moved to Bayer in 2006 when his career took off. 

Since joining the club, Kießling has been a goal machine, averaging 10 goals a season for Leverkusen. 

In the 2012-13 season, Kießling finished as the league's top scorer, ahead of Robert Lewandowski, as Leverkusen finished third. 

"Many people in recent years have told me that England would suit me, but if that was the case then I would have gone there," he added.

"That has not been the case and I am enjoying it at Bayer Leverkusen."

Tension with Joachim Löw:

Although Kießling has featured for his country, in recent years the Bayer frontman has been out of favour with the national team coach due to personal issues. The striker felt the coach lacked respect for him and has so refused to accept call ups to the side whilst Joachim Löw was in charge. 

This decision will probably come as a kick in the teeth for the 30 year-old after Germany's successful summer bringining home the World Cup from Brazil with Miroslav Klose, who has now retired, becoming the all time top goalscorer. 

Move after 2017?

His concentration will be on the upcoming season which kicks off this week as Bayer bid to break the duopoly of power forming at the top of the Bundesliga. But is the forward tempted by a move to the glamorous hub of the MLS, which is rapidly becoming a much more competitive league filling up with stars of old?

Already this summer, Frank Lampard and David Villa have agreed to move across the pond to join New York City in the new league campaign next year. They have been joined by former West Bromwich Albion full-back, Liam Ridgewell and ex Spurs and England striker, Jermain Defoe, who have joined Portland Timbers and Toronto FC respectively.

"Would I move to America at the end of my career? That’s possible, but I’m not in a position to make a decision now. Everything is great for me at the moment," he concluded.

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