Brandt: Too soon for Bayern move

Julian Brandt

Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt has ruled out a transfer to Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München, as he remains determined to help his current club.

Leverkusen endured a difficult 2016/17 season which saw them slide down the standings to finish in 12th position, leading to the sacking of manager Roger Schmidt.

Brandt feels that he still has unfinished business at the BayArena and doesn't want to make a move to Bayern too soon in his career, as sitting on the bench may jeopordise his chance of playing at the World Cup next year.

"My gut as well as my mind tell me that the right moment for a transfer is not there yet," he told Kicker.

"I am still young, but also in my fourth year – I feel responsible for the bad season. I therefore see it as my duty to bring the club back where it belongs and for me that means among the top six.

"Of course there are players who say a year without European football ahead of the World Cup is a reason to change clubs. 

"But a transfer to a bigger club is also taking a risk one year ahead of the World Cup. You have to settle in there and possibly you don't get so much game time."