Gerardo Seoane believes Champions League football will keep Moussa Diaby and Co. at Bayer Leverkusen

A decision is yet to be made on the future of Moussa Diaby but Bayer Leverkusen head coach Gerardo Seoane believes qualifying for the Champions League will keep the current squad together for longer.

“We know that we have great players who can take the next step at some point,” said Seoane. “I think that with the Champions League we have gained a few arguments to keep this team together for longer.”

Diaby (22) has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen until 2025 but according to Bild, Premier League side Newcastle United have concrete interest in the French attacker.

Should the Frenchman leave the club in the summer, B04 will ask for a transfer fee upwards of €70m for Diaby, who’s enjoying his best season in the Bundesliga with 13 goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is another player whom has been linked with a move away from the club in the summer. B04 CEO Fernando Carro said in March that he expects Schick to remain at the club.

Bayer Leverkusen secured a return to Champions League football following their 4-2 win against Hoffenheim last weekend.

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