Kiessling set to play on after Herrlich talks

Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling appears set to continue his playing career at the club after he held talks with new coach Heiko Herrlich.

Kiessling, who had raised some speculation about his future after publicly declaring he was unsure if he would continue playing, made just six Bundesliga starts for Leverkusen in 2016/17, scoring four goals.

However, it appears the arrival of Herrlich has given him renewed hope and the side's new coach confirmed as much to Kicker. He told the publication, "We have already spoken.The question has to be (what Kiessling can ask himself), what can the club give me, but what can I give the club. He is exactly the player who lives that way. 

When questioned as to whether the forward would remain with Eleven of the Company, the 45-year-old responded, "That's what I'm expecting."

The Mannheim-born mentor was a former Leverkusen forward from 1989 until 1993 and took over from interim coach Tayfun Korkut as the new man in charge earlier this month.

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