Brandt flattered by Barca interest

Bayer 04 Leverkusen star winger Julian Brandt says it’s an ‘honour’ to be linked with a move to Spanish Primera League giants Barcelona.

Brandt, 21, is already a full Germany international and has made 144 first-team appearances for his Bundesliga side since his debut in 2014.

Four seasons in the UEFA Champions League has provided the 12-time capped senior international will valuable experience and according to reports in Spain, the Blaugrana have lined up the Leverkusen man if their pursuit of Phillipe Coutinho isn’t successful.

“This is an honour in any case, I will not deny that now,” he told Omnisport. “Of course, this is always a sign that your achievements were not for nothing.

“And like I said, of course it reflects your performance on the pitch, but you have to block out something like that in the end.

“If you always float on a cloud and say: ‘I’m such a cool guy, because this club wants to have me’, this is the wrong way, because then you drop with your achievements.”

Brandt was part of Joachim Low’s side that lifted the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.