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Bayern's Emre Can joins Leverkusen

August 2, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich have announced the sale of midfielder Emre Can to Bayer Leverkusen.

Emre Can celebrates giving Bayern the lead against Freiburg
GettyImagesCan has been tipped for a bright future.

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Can, 19, a Germany Under-21 international, has signed a four-year deal with Leverkusen, although Bayern have a buy-back option.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement: "Emre Can is one of the biggest talents in German football. We wanted to allow him this step so he gets more match practice - just as we have previously done it with Toni Kroos at Leverkusen, Philipp Lahm at Stuttgart or David Alaba at Hoffenheim."

His Bayer Leverkusen counterpart, Wolfgang Holzhauser, said: "Emre Can is one of the big midfield talents in German football. We are profoundly convinced he will be an important player for us in the years to come."

Holzhauser added that Can was "a versatile player with a great potential" and said he was confident he would show that at Leverkusen.

“Bayer Leverkusen is one of Bundesliga’s top team and also plays in the Champions League,” Can said.

He becomes the second player to leave Bayern this summer after Mario Gomez departed for Fiorentina.

Left-back Diego Contento and holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo have also been linked with possible exits.

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