Langerak to Bayer04 and Schmelzer off to Wolfsburg?
Just eight days after Bernd Leno confirmed his departure from Bayer Leverkusen04 Australian Mitch Langerak has been unveiled as the Keeper to fill the gap. After five years in Westphalia it was an emotional farewell to Langerak, but he was quite optimistic and took it well.
'I knew once Bernd Leno came that it would be hard for me, having to compete with Roman (Weidenfeller) and (Bernd) Leno was always going to be tough and I wasn't that surprised that I was deemed surplus too requirements. I'll come back there anytime but I'm looking forward to being in and around the first team at Levekerusen.'
After joining as a teenager, Langerak has ended his five years stay in Dortmund.
Although there is still doubt in many Bayer fans minds over whether Langerak is a quality keeper, one fan voiced his opinions in a Leverkusen Fanzine saying;
'Langerak is fine backup but he is not Leno quality, we have €30,000,000 to spend and we haven't invested it, I cannot believe it!'
It remains to be seen whether Bayer04 will reinvest in new talent but they are still a top quality team regardless and will always be a threat with players like Hakan Calhanoglu, Son Heung Min, Lars Bender and Karim Bellarabi.
Also looking likely to depart is German Left Back Marcel Schmelzer who after ten years at the Signal Iduna Park could complete a £4,000,000 move to VFL Wolfsburg, the now rich Wolfsburg are looking to complete a move for Schmelzer after his future was placed in doubt after Dede rejoined BvB on a Free Transfer.
Another player with a long time association with BvB, Marcel Schmelzer may sever ties with the club after almost a decade on their books.
With four Left Backs now in the First Team squad (Eik Durm and Jannik Bandowski making up the others) he may find himself down the pecking order with Mats Iconic seeming to favour giving younger players a chance.
With Erik Durm showing his talent and youngsters such as Jannik Bandowski and Felix Passlack (Pictured) breaking through it may be time for a farewell for Schmelzer.
At Wolfsburg he would take the daunting task of debunking Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez, who after a Fantastic World Cup, is brimming with confidence and ability, but he would likely be given his chance to be rotated into the team and stake a claim for First Team football.