Berlin - Stefan Kiessling is set to stay at Bayer Leverkusen
for the rest of the season, the club said on Tuesday, just days after the
ex-Germany striker revealed he wanted to leave.
The 31-year-old, who won the last of his six caps for
Germany at the 2010 World Cup, scored twice in Leverkusen's 5-0 thrashing of
Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday in Bayer's final home match of 2015.
The club has confirmed to SID, an AFP subsidiary, that
Leverkusen bosses moved fast to reassure Kiessling, who was invited to talks
with Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade and manager Jonas Boldt on Monday.
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Kiessling has found himself playing understudy to Javier
Hernandez since the Mexico star signed from Manchester United at the start of
"I love playing here and I love this club, and it's
overall a very difficult situation for me," said Kiessling after the
"I want to be playing some football at the end of my
career and that is why I've got to give things plenty of thought."
According to German daily Bild, director of sport Rudi
Voeller wants to offer Kiessling a contract extension to his current deal which
runs until 2017.
Augsburg, Mainz and Ingolstadt were some of the Bundesliga
clubs reported to be interested in signing him.
Kiessling was superb alongside Hernandez as the pair
shredded the Gladbach defence, with 'Chicharito' scoring the other three goals
to claim the first club hat-trick of his career.For
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