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Leverkusen respond to Man United’s interest in €70m-rated star

Florian Wirtz
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Red Devils interim boss Ralf Rangnick has reportedly made Florian Wirtz a top target ahead of the January transfer window.

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Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voller expects Florian Wirtz to continue in the Bundesliga ‘for a few more years’.

Reports have claimed the 18-year-old is high on Manchester United’s transfer list as the club’s interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, wants to add a new midfielder to his ranks in January.

Wirtz, a young German star said to be worth around €70 million, has taken over from Kai Havertz at Leverkusen since his compatriot left the BayArena for Chelsea last year in an €80m deal.

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However, given that Wirtz signed a new five-year contract until 2026 last May, Voller doesn’t expect the teenager to join Havertz in the Premier League.

“Not only because of the contractual situation – also because of the trust we have built-in him and his family, we know that he will be in good hands here for a few more years”, the Leverkusen director told Bild.

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“At some point, maybe that day will come and this club will be too small for Florian, similar to Kai [Havertz]. But that will still take a while.

“[My] wish is that Florian will stay with us for a few more years. That is important for us and for the whole of the Bundesliga, and I think it’s his plan too.”

Wirtz has supplied 17 goals and 19 assists in 68 first-team appearances for Leverkusen across all competitions.

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The Germany international will return to action for Leverkusen on January 8 against Union Berlin once the Bundesliga winter break ends.