Hoffenheim’s Amiri joins league rivals Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen have sealed the transfer of Nadiem Amiri from Hoffenheim, both Bundesliga clubs confirmed on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year deal, which will keep him at Leverkusen until summer 2024. He received jersey number 11.

“Nadiem Amiri is thanks to his speed, determination and outstanding technical abilities just the type of player we have been looking for our squad,” Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes said.

Amiri played since 2012 for his youth club Hoffenheim and marked 13 goals in overall 115 competitive encounters. He was part of Germany’s Under-21 team who won the 2017 UEFA European U21 Championship after edging Spain 1-0 in the final.

“Of course I am very happy to play Champions League in the upcoming season but actually it is more about the team. It is a very well staffed team with many young talented players and at the same time experienced players from whom one can learn,” Amiri told the club’s official homepage.

His new club completed the past season and the 4th place of the standings and hence qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

Bayer Leverkusen will kick off their season against newly promoted Paderborn on August 17.