"We've had a lot of good discussions with Charles over recent weeks and his desire to stay absolutely coincides with what we want. Charles is a really important player for our team," declared sporting managing director Rudi Völler. "The fact we have again been able to agree a long-term contract underlines the full conviction of everybody involved and mutual confidence."
Sporting director Simon Rolfes sees Aránguiz as "a key and strategically very significant player. He’s a crucial component of our team and our whole squad," Rolfes said. "Charles can read a game, accelerate at the right moment, he radiates an incredible calm and gives his teammates support and security. Extending his contract for another three years is a good sign for a successful future on the pitch and also a signal to the rest of the team."
After nearly five years at Leverkusen, the retention of 31-year-old at Bayer 04 is "the continuation of a special relationship," Aránguiz said. "I've experienced a lot of things here, played in big games with great teammates. This club and really all members of staff always supported me and given me the feeling of being welcome here – especially at the beginning when I wasn't able to play for a long time due to my torn Achilles. I've had a wonderful time here and I'll give my all for us to achieve something great in the next three years. This season would be good if it hopefully gets going again soon."
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