Havertz pens long term Leverkusen deal

Bayer 04 Leverkusen teenager Kai Havertz has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit, tying his stay with Eleven of the Company to 2022.

Havertz became the youngest player to start a Bundesliga game for the club when he was named in the line-up to take on Darmstadt early last season.

The 18-year-old played 24 matches in all competitions during 2016/17 and Leverkusen have ensured his immediate and long term future lies at the BayArena.

He told his club's official website, "I have worked for this moment in the past year. It fills me with great satisfaction and pride. I'm happy to finally be set after the last season in which I also had to finish school. Now I have my school leaving exam in my pocket and a professional contract with Leverkusen, it's a great feeling."

Meanwhile, Leverkusen sporting director, Rudi Voller, added, "Kai has exceptional abilities and is already blessed with a footballing maturity that sets him apart from other players of his age.

"He is technically good, dangerous in front of goal, and good with his head. After his great start in professional football, we want to push Kai's development even further. He has huge potential, which will come to the fore even more in the coming years."