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Hyypia in no rush to extend deal

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia insists he is no hurry to extend his contract with the Bundesliga club.

Hyypia’s has enjoyed much success at Leverkusen, who sit second in the German top flight ahead of the resumption of the campaign, since taking sole control at the BayArena at the start of the season.

The Finn’s contract with Leverkusen expires in June 2015, but the former Liverpool man has expressed a desire to take over at Anfield at some point in the future.

General manager Rudi Voller has indicated that the club are considering offering Hyypia a new deal, however the 40-year-old is not looking beyond the current campaign.

“I am not even thinking about next season. It’s a fast moving business, we know that,” Hyypia said.

“You should not start to make very long-term plans. That is not something I want to do.”

Leverkusen are seven points behind defending champions Bayern Munich in the title race, and face a tricky tie against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in February.

And Hyypia is eager for his side to continue to excel when Leverkusen resume Bundesliga action on January 25.

“We have gone through a good first phase of this season,” he added. “You have to keep up your ambitions and go out to want more. We have achieved nothing yet.”

Leverkusen begin the second half of the campaign with a trip to Freiburg.

Mon 13 January, 2014
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