Bayer Leverkusen have signed their midfield starlet Christoph Kramer up to a new contract, despite heavy interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
Kramer is currently in the middle of a two year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach, and his excellent displays for them earned him a call up to Germany’s World Cup squad in the summer.
He even started the final for Joachim Low’s side, but was injured shortly into the match and had to be substituted off.
Arsenal were expected to push for a move for Kramer in January, with their midfield lacking a steely player like the World Cup winner.
There had also been interest from both Liverpool and Manchester United, and they could have rivalled Arsenal in any possible bid for the star.
However, with a new deal agreed between Leverkusen and Kramer, which is set to run until 2019, a move elsewhere may now take a significant time to materialise.
This news is a shame for Arsenal, who will now need to turn elsewhere to find the talented defensive midfielder they require, as evidenced by the fact they had to turn to Mathieu Flamini again against Liverpool on Sunday.