Kramer to stay at Leverkusen despite reported interest from Arsenal and Spurs

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Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer has penned a new deal until 2019 - leaving Arsenal and Tottenham disappointed.

The story of his concussion in the World Cup final will be told for many years, but Christoph Kramer at least remembers celebrating winning the tournament against Argentina.

Kramer, 23, was famously knocked out in a clash with Ezequiel Garay, and had to ask referee Nicola Rizzoli if he was really playing in the final - which led to his substitution.

Kramer did take part in celebrations when Germany won the game 1-0 though, in what was really a breakout tournament for Germany's next midfield star.

The lanky Kramer stands at 6ft 3in, and had impressed on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach last season, staying there again for the duration of this term too, even if Bayer Leverkusen still own him. 

His displays have triggered interest from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who have been linked with £20m bids for the athletic midfielder - but now, he's penned a new contract until 2019 to stay at the BayArena.

"After the talks with the leaders in Leverkusen I did not have to hesitate long to extend my contract here. The total package with the coach and the club itself just fits. I know Bayer 04 since my youth, it was always my dream to make it there in the first team. This has been achieved through a successive detour to VfL Bochum and Borussia Moenchengladbach, and this is a great happiness for me," said Kramer.

"With Christoph Kramer's return his parent club Bayer 04 Leverkusen our concept really worked to develop young and talented players at other clubs at a high level," said Bayer chief executive Michael Schade. "In Mönchengladbach and previously also at Bochum, Christoph has undergone significant performance boosts. Now he returns as a national player and world champion to Leverkusen - things could not have gone better for the players and the club."

If Arsenal or Spurs were planning January bids for Kramer, then they will have to look elsewhere now - though given the way German football is going, he will probably end up at Bayern Munich before 2019!

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