Bayer Leverkusen have moved to reveal that star player Omer Toprak will not be leaving this summer.
Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund were hoping to recruit the Turkish defender as a replacement for Mats Hummels, but they eventually failed to reach an agreement with die Werkself.
While the Millionaires offered €22 million, Leverkusen didn’t want to lower their €25 million asking price, and the deal eventually fell through.
Die Werkself chief Rudi Voller announced that Toprak would be staying, placing the blame on Dortmund for the breakdown in talks.
“The top news is that Omer remains,” Voller confessed to Bild. “This is the best solution for us, we are very happy.
”We didn’t want to step down from our asking price. We have to be fair to Omer and Dortmund. Our willingness to negotiate was there.”
However, it would appear that Leverkusen have missed the opportunity to get top dollar for their prized asset, seeing as how a €12 million release clause will be activated next summer.
Omer Toprak, 26, has spent last five years at Bay Arena having joined from Freiburg, and has since featured in 129 Bundesliga games, scoring 4 goals in the process.
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