The in-demand defensive midfielder has opted to stay in the Bundesliga, but does this mean Bender’s future is unclear?
Borussia Monchengladbach’s positive start to the new Bundesliga season has seen the spotlight shone on defensive midfielder Christoph Kramer, who has been putting in some excellent performances this term.
The 23-year-old is on loan from Bayer Leverkusen and was included in Germany’s successful World Cup squad this summer.
Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with a move for Kramer in recent times, while Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has also expressed his admiration for the Bundesliga star.
However, the Solingen-born man has opted to extend his contract with parent club Bayer Leverkusen and will return to the BayArena club next season.
Although this will end Arsenal’s chances of landing the star either in January or next summer, there could well be potential for a move for one of Kramer’s club and international team-mates.
With Kramer surely set to be an important central midfielder for Leverkusen and the designated defensive shield in front of their defence, where does this leave Lars Bender?
Bender is another midfield enforcer that has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past and as such Arsene Wenger may well be smart in revisiting the German international as a potential transfer target.
The Gunners have been accused of lacking a top-drawer defensive midfielder, with an over-reliance on the ageing Mathieu Flamini as the club’s only real option.
Although Leverkusen would be very reluctant to sell Bender and will hope to create a partnership between him and Kramer, the Monchengladbach man’s contract renewal could change their mindset to some degree.
With Kramer returning to the club to shore up the side’s midfield, a significant bid from Arsenal could well tempt Leverkusen into parting with Bender as a result.