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Reports: Wendell has already told teammates goodbye ahead of coming transfer to Portugal

By Peter Vice

Scant details are about the nature of the transaction are available at this time, but it appears as if Wendell has his ticket out of Leverkusen. 

Kevin Volland (left) celebrates with Wendell (right).
Kevin Volland (left) celebrates with Wendell (right).Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Long considered expendable, left-back "Wendell" Nascimento Borges will have difficulty competing for places among some of the new arrivals in Geraldo Seone's Werkself. Leverkusen's new trainer hasn't used the 18-year-old Brazilian in the last two test matches. 

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, which does have ground reporters covering neighboring Leverkusen, has been reporting on tenuous links with Sporting Lisbon for days. A Portuguese newspaper now confirms the rumors, noting that a transfer should be finalized once Lisbon finalizes some outgoing transfers. 

The German newspaper also claims that Wendell has already bid his Leverkusen teammates an emotional farewell at a team assembly. Wendell has made a cumulative total of 249 competitive appearances for Germany's red company team since joining Bayer in 2014. Now in the final year of his contract, it makes sense that the club seeks to offload him. 

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