Simon Rolfes (40 years old) traveled to Prague specifically to get one autograph. Patrick Schick (26) signed the new contract Bayer Leverkusen It was the sports director’s top priority. The scorer, who scored 24 goals in the league last season, is the first major star in years to remain at the top of his game with the club’s factory.
Previously it was normal for the best players to take the next step at this point and move to a big club. Rolfes has been in talks with Sheek and his advisor Pavel Pasca (75) for weeks to break this cycle. The extension with a check until 2027 without an exit clause supports the club’s goal. Bayer wants to reach the top and win titles – Bayern attack.
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Rolfes and club president Fernando Caro (57) convinced the players to attack for the first place. Team planning makes it credible. All top performers should stay, and other top players like Adam Hluczyk (19) of Sparta Prague should attend. Schick’s new contract proves the allegations. Not just for five years – but equally with the salary!
The Czech player makes more money than any player before him at Leverkusen. According to information from SPORT BILD, it is now around 7.5 million euros per year including bonuses and special payments!
At Bayern Munich and Dortmund, the stars shine with the quality of a check. In Leverkusen, the number seven in front of the comma means a new dimension. For a professional player who scored 24 goals in 27 league matches and was the top scorer in last summer’s European Championship, that’s in line with the market.
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After selling Julian Brandt (26) three years ago for a flat fee of €25m to Dortmund, President Carew had already formulated internally that Target should not lose more stars to BVB. He wanted to create the financial means to keep up. With Schick it can be seen that the plan is working. The 1.91-meter-tall striker was thought in the BVB as a successor to Erling Haaland (21 / against 75 million for Man City). But only briefly because Borussia could not afford it. The fees alone were more than 80 million euros. Even before the extension.
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In addition, what Bayer coach Gerardo Sewan (43) said in an interview with Sport Bild in February: Moving from Leverkusen to Dortmund is not particularly attractive for the player because it would be a step to the side. This statement also resonated with the team. Werkslev qualified for the third place in the Champions League last season. Dortmund came in second.
Perspective is important to players. “Our team made a promise for the future. There is so much possible here, which is exactly why I extended my contract at Bayer 04,” says Sheek.
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“It looks good!”
The ‘future’ that Schick is talking about started at Leverkusen. The attack on Bayern doesn’t have to happen sometime, maybe or later, but now. The scorer plays a major role in this. If Robert Lewandowski (33), who was in a separation dispute with Bayern Munich, also left Germany after Haaland’s departure, he would be the top scorer in the league.
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“Patrick Schick has shown an absolute world class in his position,” says Rolfes, who calls it the club’s new strategy to retain the best players for one to two years more than before through sporting success. “There are only a few strikers of his caliber at the international level!”