Kiessling signs Leverkusen extension until 2017

The prolific attacker has opted to sign a two-year extension at the Champions League hopefuls after an impressive 2012-13 campaign.
Bayer Leverkusen has successfully concluded contract talks with Stefan Kiessling, with the striker signing a new deal until the summer of 2017.

The 29-year-old's previous deal with Leverkusen ran until June 2015, but the Bundesliga side was keen to reward him for his fine performances last season with a new and improved contract. Kiessling netted 25 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances in 2012-13 to win the league's Golden Boot, and Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser has nothing but praise for the attacker.

"Stefan has become one of our undisputed key players and leaders," Holzhauser told the club's official website. "He is our marquee signing. His development since 2006 is simply phenomenal. I hope that he will stay here until the end of his career."

The striker himself, meanwhile, was equally pleased with his new contact with the Werkself.

"I am really happy. Bayer are my team and I feel really well here. Leverkusen has become my home and the conditions here are very well," Kiessling said.

Kiessling joined Leverkusen from Nurnberg in the summer of 2006 and has since scored more than 100 Bundesliga goals for the club.