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Kruse faces a tough challenge to break into the Leverkusen first team

Kruse ready for 'massive step up' at Leverkusen

Kruse faces a tough challenge to break into the Leverkusen first team

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Consistent performances for Fortuna Dusseldorf and Australia earned him a move to Bayer Leverkusen, and now Robbie Kruse has a chance to impress up against the Bundesliga's best

Socceroo Robbie Kruse has described his move to Bayer Leverkusen as a 'massive step up' after his first training session with the club.

Leverkusen officially unveiled three new signings on Wednesday in the form of Kruse, South Korean forward Son Heung-Min and Italian right-back Giulio Donati, with the latter two arriving from Hamburg and Inter Milan respectively.

Kruse has joined Leverkusen from Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he spent the past two seasons, and the 24-year-old Australian forward is thrilled to have joined a club that will be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.

"Obviously Bayer Leverkusen is a wonderful club, when I found out I was coming here, I was really excited to come to a team that plays really attacking football," Kruse said on Wednesday.

"It's a massive step up to a team that is playing in the Champions League so it's a massive honour for me to come here.

"I get to play with some wonderful players, hopefully I can impress and try and get better and better."

Kruse had a breakthrough season in the Bundesliga with Dusseldorf last season, scoring four goals and setting up another nine in his 30 matches in Germany's top flight, although he could not save his team from relegation.

The former Melbourne Victory man is expected to challenge for the spot in head coach Sami Hyypia's starting line-up left vacant by Andre Schurrle, who has joined Chelsea, but Kruse will face some stiff competition from Son.

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