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Bayer Leverkusen director unconcerned by Newcastle curiosity in Patrik Schick & Moussa Diaby

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Bayer Leverkusen’s managing director of sport Simon Rolfes has revealed that he’s conscious of curiosity from Newcastle United in star gamers Patrik Schick and Moussa Diaby, however they haven’t obtained affords for them and are usually not pondering of entertaining them anyway.

Schick and Diaby scored a mixed 37 Bundesliga targets to fireplace Leverkusen again into the Champions League on the finish of final season.

90min has lengthy reported of curiosity from the Premier League within the duo – notably of Newcastle’s in Diaby – however Rolfes has insisted Leverkusen are eager on rising as a membership and they’re essential to their future.

Discussing Schick, Rolfes stated: “We knew on that place [transfer interest], that there are usually not a number of gamers working at Patrik’s stage. Firstly, it was actually essential to indicate dedication from our facet,” he stated.

“We wish to enhance as a membership but in addition with our gamers. We wish to preserve them for maybe one or two years longer. 5 years in the past, we might in all probability simply promote them.

“Patrick is an integral participant. We noticed it throughout the European Championships after which he performed one other incredible season within the Bundesliga. He has nice method, he is a superb header of the ball, so skilful and for us, it is a large factor that he prolonged his contract.

“We didn’t obtain any affords this summer season however sensed they have been in all probability coming. There was some curiosity however nothing was concrete. For either side, it was clear that we wished to proceed working collectively.”

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Concerning Diaby, Rolfes added: “After I see Moussa Diaby, for instance, from when he joined three years in the past in comparison with now in entrance of the objective, it is not by coincidence that he scores extra targets.

“You may see it in coaching. He works lots on his ending. He missed a number of targets a number of years in the past, additionally in coaching however now it is a totally different story. You may see the progress of our gamers… generally you need to give them a bit little bit of time however to work individually with the gamers, it is key. They must study lots.

“For positive, we wish to preserve Moussa for so long as attainable. I do know a number of scouts have been sitting on our tribune throughout our matches as a result of we have now a number of attention-grabbing, thrilling younger gamers with excessive potential.

“So, it is the identical as Schick. We didn’t obtain any affords for him however we’re not even searching for that in the intervening time. We wished to maintain him and play Champions League soccer with him this season.”



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