Schurrle and Bender not for sale
Bayer Leverkusen will not sell star duo Andre Schurrle and Lars Bender in the final days of the transfer window.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 28/08/12 9:51pm
Bayer Leverkusen are adamant they will not sell star duo Andre Schurrle and Lars Bender in the final days of the transfer window.
Germany forward Andre Schurrle has been linked with Chelsea while his fellow international, midfielder Bender, is reportedly a target of Bayern Munich.
But Schurrle is under contract until the summer of 2016 and Bender has another five years on his contract to mean Leverkusen are under no pressure to sell.
General manager Rudi Voller told LIGA total! Television: "Andre Schurrle and Lars Bender will definitely stay on. Both are among the most important players of our squad.
"Our team would have broken in pieces if we had allowed just one of them to leave us. We would also have been unable to find a suitable replacement for any of them.
"We would simply be a weaker side without them."