TEHRAN – Iran international forward Sardar Azmoun has signed for German football club Bayer Leverkusen.
The 27-year-old has signed a five-year-deal with Die Werkself and will make the move to the BayArena at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Azmoun has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks, including Lyon and English teams Burnley, West Ham and Newcastle, but the Bundesliga side has won the race for the Zenit St. Petersburg forward.
The transfer has been confirmed by a photo and also a tweet by the German team. The Iranian footballer is seen in a photo alongside the managers of his new team.
Azmoun is the fourth Iranian player who plays for Bayer Leverkusen following three other Iranian players Dariush Yazdani, Mehdi Pashazadeh and Ali Mousavi who played for the German team in the past.
‘Sardar Makes Our Attack More Powerful’
Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes says Sardar Azmoun will make their attack even more unpredictable and powerful.
“We’re delighted to have completed this transfer,” said Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes.
“Sardar Azmoun has been one of Russian football’s top goalscorers for several years. He’s been champion three years in a row there with Zenit, regularly played in the Champions League and shown himself to be of international class at the highest level.”
“Our attack gains extra quality with him. Sardar will make our attack even more unpredictable and powerful,” Rolfes added.
Managing director for sport, Rudi Völler said: “He’s very quick, good in the air and has a good sense for space. But he’s not just a goalscorer. Sardar Azmoun also sets up a lot of goals and is an outstanding fit for the Werkself as a player who combines well with others.”
The Iran international has scored 62 goals in 104 games for the Russian club.
Azmoun also has scored 54 goals in 85 appearances across all competitions over the past three seasons. The 26-year-old now has a market value of €25 million.