19.01.2018Bayer 04

Lars Bender signs new Werkself deal

Skipper Lars Bender has signed a two-year contract extension with Bayer 04, committing his future to the Werkself to 30 June 2021.

The fact the Werkself have opted to retain one of the most crucial players of recent years over the long term is, for CEO Michael Schade, "a clear signal to the team and the fans. Lars is a role model. Over the years at the club, he has attained a special status at Bayer 04 through excellent performances, outstanding commitment and his down-to-earth and honest approach," declared Schade.

And sporting director Rudi Völler emphasised the significance of the man from Rosenheim: "Lars is a top player, one of the best in his position in Germany – but not just because of his outstanding qualities on the pitch. Lars is extremely important as a determined and strong-minded leader of a young and hungry team. He gives the team security, structure and stability."

Lars Bender has been at Bayer 04 since the 2009/10 season. "Over all that time, the club has always supported me in good and bad times and, above all, stood by me when I was battling with serious injuries. I'm very grateful for that," said Bender. "It's important for me to feel good and have a functioning environment where my strengths are valued and where I have everything I need, including on the personal front. There is a lot of mutual trust. I now feel part of this club and part of its history,which we all want to see continue to be successful into the future."


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