Rudi Völler signs bumper Bayer extension

Die Werkself are keen to keep things consistent with this move.

Rudi Völler signs bumper Bayer extension
Image source: Bayer Leverkusen

Early on Monday morning, Bayer Leverkusen announced that they had signed an extension with sporting director, Rudi Völler.

The 56-year-old's deal was set to run out at the end of next season but he will now remain at the BayArena until 2022.

After Leverkusen's recent transfer business, this was the next logical step to ensuring consistency remains across the club.

Ruling the roost over a successful period

As he prepares to enter his 11th year as sporting director, Völler has been in his current role since the beginning of the 2005-06 season.

Since then, Leverkusen have finished outside the top five on just two occasions and been involved in Europe for all but two years.

Recent years have seen particular success on the European front, making it through to the UEFA Champions League group stages on four of the last five attempts.

Another solid campaign will see die Werkself straight through to the groups when the draw is made this summer, as they finished third in the Bundesliga.

Rudi Völler during his playing days at Leverkusen. | Image source:
Rudi Völler during his playing days at Leverkusen. | Image source:

Schade, Wenning and Völler have their say

Werner Wenning, chairman of the board of trustees, echoed the call for "continuity and consistency at the head of Bayer 04".

He added, "These goals have now been hit with the extensions of Michael Schade, Rudi Völler and Roger Schmidt."

Wenning also explained: "Not only is Rudi Völler a person that is known world-wide in football, moreover he is also the face of Bayer 04."

Schade then picked up where Wenning left off: "I am looking forward to the further and overall very good work with our sports director."

The director continued, "He has been courted as a respected and skilled person repeatedly, but he has always had a clear commitment to Bayer 04."

Völler had the final words, saying he has been there for "20 years" and "feels great" in the current role.