Bayer 04 Leverkusen have agreed to extend the contract with teenager Florian Wirtz that was due to run out in the summer of 2023. The midfielder has penned a new contract until June 30, 2026 on his 18th birthday. The youngster from Pulheim has made 44 appearances for the Werkself to date, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists along the way.
Bayer 04 Sporting director Simon Rolfes sees the long-term deal with Wirtz as “a powerful statement from the club of how we will handle things in the future here at Leverkusen. With top quality players, at the same time capable of development where Bayer 04 has been a highly desirable club for many years. Florian Wirtz is equally a promise for the future as well as a guarantee for sporting success in the present,” declared Rolfes. “He’s impressive as well as brave and confident in the way he has progressed in professional football up to now. Flo has what it takes to become a top player in the Bundesliga in the next few years and also an important part of the Germany team.”
Bayer 04 sporting managing director Rudi Völler is also very happy about the long-term deal with Wirtz. “Not only has he had his first call-up to the Germany squad but Florian has also made fantastic progress over the past year-and-a-half here at Leverkusen,” said Völler. “His outstanding talent was obviously apparent and it gave us great hope when we signed him as a 16-year-old. But it was definitely not to be expected that Florian would already be a key player in our first team. Given his youth and the fact he is currently doing his A-levels it is an extraordinary achievement,” said Völler. “If Florian continues to develop in the same way then he can be an absolute leader and a key part of our team in the next few years.”
The now 18-year-old Florian Wirtz, who has played for the Werkself since January 2020, said he “found everything at Bayer 04 Leverkusen as described and promised. I’m playing for a great club here, one of the best in Germany who I want to be with in the coming years to have a go at the biggest targets,” said Wirtz. “I’ve really been able to improve on the pitch in a great team – that is and remains my aim. With my performances, I want to contribute to us being able to win titles in the near future.”