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Voller hails Patrik Schick as Bundesliga hot shot lands long-term deal

Bayer Leverkusen has secured the future of their coveted striker Patrik Schick by signing up the prolific Czech for the next five years.

Patrik Schick was the joint-top goalscorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at last year’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament, hitting five goals.

He carried that form into the 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign, tallying 24 goals in 27 league games as Bayern Leverkusen finished third to earn a Champions League place.

Only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored more in the German top flight.

Arsenal and Newcastle were looking forward to signing Patrik Schick in 2021.

He was prepared to forgo the possibility of such a switch as he extended a previous contract that ran to 2025 with the new deal that takes him through to the end of the 2026-27 season.

“I just feel good here,” said 26-year-old Schick. “It’s a lot of fun with these guys. Qualifying for the Champions League is a good next step.

“A lot is possible here, which is exactly why I extended my contract at Bayer 04.”

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Voller hails Patrik Schick as Bundesliga hot shot lands long-term deal

Leverkusen’s departing sporting director Rudi Voller left a parting gift by playing a significant part in the negotiations, with the 1990 World Cup winner saying:

“Renewing with such a player is an expression of our ambitions.

“And a clear sign that things will continue at the top level at Bayer Leverkusen even after my departure.

“For me, Patrik Schick is currently one of the world’s best centre forwards. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Werkself shirt in the years to come.”

Voller is vacating his position as former Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes steps up to inherit the role.

Rolfes said:

“There are only a few centres forwards of his stature internationally.

“Added to Patrik’s exceptional sporting qualities as a full-fledged striker are the skills of a leader.”

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