West Ham and Sunderland Target Seals New Deal
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes has signed a new two year contract extension at the German club as reported by Sky Sports.
The German international was set to be out of contract in the summer but interest from foreign clubs has urged Leverkusen to tie down their captain for another two seasons.
West Ham, Stoke City and Sunderland were all reported to be interested in the 31-year-old holding midfielder should he be available for free in at the end of the season, with clubs from Spain and Italy also keeping an eye on the German.
The Hammers have been long term admirers of Rolfes who nearly moved to Upton Park when they were last in the Premier League before injury scuppered the deal.
Having now played nearly 300 games for the Bundesliga club, Rolfes has committed his future to Leverkusen and hopes that their continued progress both on and off the field can continue with him leading the team.
“So far I have been through an exciting and successful career at this club.” Rolfes told the club’s official website.
“But for me it’s about what we do in the future, in the next two campaigns.
“Here at Bayer Leverkusen, continuity has been a certain factor. This team has developed step by step and there is a great mixture of experienced players and up and coming stars.”