Kiessling relishing Mehmedi link

Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling says he is relishing the chance to play alongside new signing Admir Mehmedi.

The 31-year-old German striker is entering his 10th season at BayArena, but has seen long-serving team-mates such as Simon Rolfes, Stefan Reinartz and Gonzalo Castro leave the club since the end of last season.

However, with Switzerland international forward Mehmedi one of the replacements brought in during the off-season, Kiessling is hoping the 24-year-old will be his partner up front, rather than competition for a single position.

"I don't see Admir as a (lone) centre forward," he said. "He's a very good footballer and has incredible technique and a good eye for his team-mates. He varies things and can play any position along the front line.

"He's guaranteed to help us. Of course I also want to play and, if I perform, then I'm sure I will play. So why not together with Admir?"