Bayer Leverkusen have completed the permanent signing of Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke after the centre-back spent the season on loan at the BayArena. Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos is making his move to Bayer Leverkusen permanent and has signed a five-year contract with the club. Papadopoulos, 23, joined Leverkusen from Bundesliga rival Schalke last summer on a one-year loan deal.
Papadopoulos has been suffered for several injuries during his career as he started his career in Schalke 04 in 2010. The German club announced in 2010 that they had sign the Greece on a four-year deal, keeping him until 2014.
Since joining Schalke from Olympiacos, Papadopoulos has played in over 70 matches in all competitions, scoring five goals and has ultimately gathered respect and praise from all over Europe due to his tenacious and skillful defending considering his young age.
In 2014, Bayer Leverkusen signed Papadopoulos on a season-long loan deal. He told Leverkusen’s official website: “I am very happy that it worked out with the change. Bayer 04 is a club just like Schalke with major international ambitions. Unfortunately I was injured more often in the past season. But now I’m back fit and highly motivated to achieve with Leverkusen both my personal goals as well as the club’s.”
For several months, the defender was linked with both Liverpool and AC Milan but a knee injury suffered in November 2012 kept him out for a year and stopped him moving clubs. However, now fully recovered, Papadopoulos is excited to continue with Leverkusen after signing a five-year contract with the Rhineland club.
“Kyriakos Papadopoulos sees his future at Leverkusen,” explained Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt. “We have met his wishes and give him our best.”
In September 2012, Papadopoulos signed a new contract with Schalke that will keep him at the club until 2016.Having made 14 Bundesliga appearances, scoring twice, for Roger Schmidt’s side on loan, Schalke were keen to tie him down. The loan spell at Leverkusen has been seen to offer him a chance at returning to his best and now fully fit, Papadopoulos will want to hold down a regular starting spot. “I am delighted that it worked out,” he told the Leverkusen website. “I am looking forward to my future with this great team and think we can still move forward a lot.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly eyeing up the £25million transfer of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. The Red Devils are preparing to strengthen all areas of their squad this summer and the German star is a realistic option.