Kramer pens Leverkusen extension

Leverkusen, Germany ( - Bayer Leverkusen announced on Monday that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with midfielder Christoph Kramer, tying him to Leverkusen until June 2019.

The 23-year-old is spending this season on loan at Monchengladbach, where he has appeared in 15 league matches, scoring two goals, while helping the side to fourth place at the halfway point of the Bundesliga campaign.

But with interest growing from other European clubs, Kramer is expected to return to Leverkusen this summer to compete for a spot in the first team.

"After the talks with the leaders in Leverkusen I did not have to hesitate long to extend my contract there," he told the club's official website.

"The total package with the team, coach and the club itself just fits. I have known Bayer since my youth, it was always my dream to make it there in the first team."

Kramer has been capped eight times by the German national team and he started the World Cup final against Argentina this past summer after Sami Khedira picked up an injury in warm-ups prior to the contest.