Julian Brandt explains why he may reject summer exit from Bayer Leverkusen

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Julian Brandt is a name Liverpool fans will be all too familiar with by now.

The Bayer Leverkusen has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield throughout Jurgen Klopp's tenure at the club.

And given Leverkusen's disappointing plight in the Bundesliga this term, there had been hopes that could potentially increase the chances of Brandt joining the Reds in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Of course, Klopp and Liverpool aren't the only ones monitoring the 21-year-old winger's progress as Bayern Munich are also believed to have some interest in signing him too.

However, Brandt's latest comments in the press appear to suggest he would be more than happy to extend his stay at the BayArena into next season.

This time last year, Leverkusen had managed to earn themselves a spot in the Champions League with a third-placed finish but they have labored in mid-table for much of the current campaign.

Even though the clubs he has been linked with can offer European football in 2017/18, Brandt is eager to prioritise how much playing time he will get.

“If you make a move, there’s no guarantee that you play," he told Focus, as per The Sun.

“I think it is very important for me to play many matches next season and that’s what I can do in Leverkusen.”

Probably not what Liverpool fans wanted to hear.

Nevertheless, if Klopp is able to assure the German international that he would be at the forefront of his plans at Anfield, there is still a possibility he could make the summer switch.

Liverpool's German boss is a long-term admirer of the 21-year-old and even tried to sign him for previous club Borussia Dortmund - another factor that could work in their favour.

The constant speculation surrounding Brandt's future hasn't gone down particularly well with his current supporters, though.

Leverkusen fans have even been spotted protesting over the uncertainty regarding their star winger and Brandt labelled them as 'idiots'.

He added: "That has nothing to with freedom of speech.

“You can’t keep people from doing it, probably. There are many idiots in this world.”

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