Kramer signs new Bayer Leverkusen deal

The 23-year-old midfielder had attracted interest from Arsenal but will return to his parent club after his loan with Borussia Monchengladbach ends

Christoph Kramer has signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen which will keep him tied to the Bundesliga club for the next five years.

It was revealed in April that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has regularly sent scouts to monitor the 23-year-old midfielder, who is currently spending his second season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, while recent reports have linked the Gunners with a bid ahead of the January transfer window.

Kramer, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad this summer, has yet to make a senior first-team appearance for Leverkusen but has committed to a new deal with the Bundesliga club that will run until 2019.

“After the talks with Bayer’s bosses I did not have to hesitate to renew my contract. The total package with team, coach and club just fits,” Kramer told the club’s official website.

“I have been with Bayer since the youth academy and it was always my dream to make it into the first team. Now I managed to do this with experience in Bochum and Monchengladbach and that makes me very happy.”