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Gerardo Seoane praises Demirbay: 'I rate him as a very good player'

By Rune Gjerulff

After two difficult seasons at Bayer Leverkusen, it looks like Kerem Demirbay is finally finding his feet under new coach Gerardo Seoane.

Kerem Demirbay.
Kerem Demirbay.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Bayer Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane has lauded Kerem Demirbay for his ability and mentality.

Kerem Demirbay has struggled to live up the expectations at Bayer Leverkusen following his club record €32 million move from Hoffenheim in 2019, but has shown early promise under Seoane, starting six out of seven games so far this season.

"He has given a lot to the team in the opening stages. I rate him as a very good player. He's technically good and has good vision. What he has added to his game is the amount of work he puts in for the team, making tackles and doing a lot of defensive work," Seoane told Kicker and went on:

"Kerem is like every other player. You have to manage him. Everyone has a backpack of certain feelings. I try to give my players confidence, whether they play or not."

Most recently, Demirbay came on from the bench as Leverkusen beat Stuttgart 3-1.

"Kerem has played many games so far. That's why he didn't start in Stuttgart. We wanted to bring in some freshness. I liked the way he reacted. He was ready as soon as he came on. That's also a sign of strength, that he puts himself at the service of the team."

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