"Iker Bravo is a real talent," said Simon Rolfes, Bayer 04 sporting director, about the youngster who did not want to extend his contract at Barcelona and was of interest to several top European clubs. "However, we were able to persuade him and his family that Leverkusen is exactly the right place for his next steps."
The 1.84 metre tall striker, who comes from near Barcelona, was discovered by the Barca scouts at the age of five and shortly after that he joined the La Masia academy. "He has a strong physique for his age. In addition, Iker is quick and good in the air," said Thomas Eichin, head of the Bayer 04 Performance Centre. "He will be a great addition to our club."
As usual, the transfer takes account of the international transfer regulations and is subject to final approval from FIFA.
Bayer 04 welcomed 14 media representatives from Africa on Friday, 1 December. The trip for journalists from the likes of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mozambique, Togo, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Togo was organised by the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) with the goal of establishing and promoting Africa as a new target market for the Bundesliga.Show more
Bayer 04 has modernised its media working area in the stands at the BayArena and equipped it with new, multifunctional monitors. The 50 screens will be used for the first time for the fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13 in the Bundesliga next Sunday, 3 December (kick-off: 17:30 CET) and offer the media representatives working at the BayArena on matchday numerous possibilities.Show more
Bayer 04 have little time to recover from their 2-0 win away at Häcken in the UEFA Europe League, ensuring progress to the round of 16, before their next challenge up against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday (17:30 CET). At his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, head coach Xabi Alonso spoke about BVB and gave a warning about not losing focus.Show more
Spirits are high at Borussia Dortmund following their impressive display and result away at AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. On Sunday (17:30 CET), they want to keep an impressive week going with another scalp in Leverkusen. Here’s the lowdown on our next opponents.Show more