Leno extends until 2020 with Leverkusen
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On Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen announced that they had extended the contract of goalkeeper, Bernd Leno.

Their first-choice stopper will now remain with the BayArena side until 2020 after the news was confirmed before their game with Hamburger SV yesterday.

The 24-year-old originally had a contract running until 2018 with Bayer, and joins Wendell and Karim Bellarabi on new, long-term deals.

Leno leading from the back

Since he joined Leverkusen in summer 2011, Leno has never looked back and was immediately made their number one.

The VfB Stuttgart youth product has missed just four Bundesliga games since his arrival, a testament to his fitness; both physical and mental.

His form between the sticks for Leverkusen has led to Germany call-ups and, to date, two caps for his national side.

In total, Leno's 227 games have seen him keep 79 clean sheets and concede 269 goals - an impressive record by all accounts.

Völler, Schade, Schmidt and Leno have their say

Rudi Völler believes the goalkeeper is "incredibly important" as he has "always believed in our club", citing that they too placed great faith in him five years ago.

CEO Michael Schade heaped further praise on the youngster, crediting Leno as "an enormously important factor in building a Werkself team for the future".

Head coach, Roger Schmidt feels he has "a complete goalkeeper even if he has the potential to improve even further" at the club.

Leno spoke to the club website, and admitted he extended "because [he] feel[s] at home here in Leverkusen" and he is "completely convinced that this is the right step".

He added, "Over the past few years I've seen constant improvement, not just with my game, but in the whole team."

The custodian concluded, "This club has set itself very ambitious targets and I share them too."