Bayer Leverkusen complete €22m Retsos deal

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The Bundesliga outfit believe they have signed themselves a future star, with the teenager having already broken records in his career

Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Greece Under-21 international defender Panagiotis Retsos from Olympiakos.

The 19-year-old centre-back has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga outfit and is expected to cost in the region of €22 million after Leverkusen beat off competition from Ligue 1 sides Rennes and Lyon for his signature.

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“Retsos had offers from some top clubs playing internationally this year, so it is all the more pleasing for us that he has decided to move to Bayer – especially since he was so elemental to Olympiakos qualifying for the Champions League,” sporting director Rudi Voller said.

“He’s a young player with special talents and fits perfectly into our requirements. He is an investment in the future of the club.”

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Retsos, who became the youngest captain of a Greek champion club aged only 18, five months and 30 days, said: “Bayer have always played in the Champions League, despite a difficult national competition, which has impressed me very much.

"To be wanted by such a club makes me proud and I’m looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga in one of the most attractive leagues in Europe.”

He could cap a remarkable few days by featuring in Greece’s World Cup qualifying matches against Estonia and Belgium – potentially his first senior international caps.