Leverkusen boss advises Brandt to stay amid Dortmund and Bayern rumors
Julian Brandt has reportedly drawn interest from both Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, but Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes believes it makes sense for the German international to stay beyond the summer.
Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt has been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München.
|Julian Brandt (left).||Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0|
But the club's sporting director, Simon Rolfes, believes it would be good for the winger's development to stay beyond the summer at least.
Brandt has shined in Peter Bosz's 4-3-3 system since the 55-year-old took over as coach ahead of the second half of the season, and Rolfes argues it may be hard for the German international to find another club with a philosophy that would suit him equally well.
"With his class, it's normal that there's interest. He's an important building block. We have open, trusting talks. Julian feels very comfortable here," Rolfes told Kicker and continued:
"Julian known that not every club have this kind of constellation in midfield which suits him very well. He's aware that this gives him great development potential and a very good chance of playing an important role in the national team in 2020 as well."
"He knows that he has our full backing," the Leverkusen boss underlined.
Meanwhile, Brandt himself isn't too keen on commenting on the rumors. When asked about the reported interest in him, the 22-year-old answered:
"That's not something I'm dealing with today. How often has it been written that I would join Bayern? And where am I today?"
Brandt has scored seven goals and made 13 assists in 34 games for Leverkusen this season.