BERLIN, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen signed striker Josip Drmic from relegated Nuremberg until 2019, both clubs announced on Monday.
The Swiss international Josip Drmic put pen to paper on a five- year deal to stay with the "Werkself" until June 2019. The striker joined Nuremberg in July 2013 to score 17 goals in 33 appearances.
However, Drmic's goals were not enough to help Nuremberg staying up in Germanys top flight. Leverkusen's 21-year-old new arrival will now play at the UEFA Champions League play offs instead of second division soccer.
"It is really bitter to leave Nuremberg under such circumstances. I had, despite the relegation into the second division, a great time there. But now, I want to play with Leverkusen in other areas of the table and to reach the UEFA Champions League. This is a dream for every player. Leverkusen has a great team and convinced me," Drmic said.
"We are delighted that Josip Drmic agreed on a long term contract. He will give us more options in our offence, as he is fast, assertive and versatile. Josip is a top player who fits perfectly into the team," Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Voeller said.
Bayer Leverkusen completed the Bundesliga season 2013/2014 on fourth place, which allows them to play at the UEFA Champions League play offs.