Official: Michael Ortega joins Bayer Leverkusen on loan from Atlas

After a stellar performance at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia, the promising attacking midfielder leaves Mexico for an adventure in the Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen has secured the services of Michael Ortega on a one-year loan from Mexican side Atlas.

Leverkusen has the option to sign the 20-year-old on a permanent basis at the end of the season for a fee of 5 million euros, according to Bild.

Ortega, who played in all of Colombia's games at the Under-20 World Cup, caught the eye of many European teams with his performances and the German side has acted quickly to strike a deal with his club.

"Michael Ortega caused a sensation at the recent Under-20 World Cup and has convinced everyone of his ability," Leverkusen president Wolfgang Holzhauser told the club's official website. "He is a great talent, and he is one for the future."

Atlas vice-president Victor Flores Cosio also commented on the transfer and insisted that the Mexican outfit acted in the youngster's best interest.

"We are really proud of the player, we would have liked to kept him, but thanks to his participation in the Under-20 World Cup he was presented with this opportunity and we must support him," Cosio said.