Bayer Leverkusen have announced that Edmond Tapsoba has extended his contract at the club until 2028. This likely puts an end to any speculation surrounding his future for now.
On extending his contract at Leverkusen, Tapsoba said: “I see this as a commitment to a club I have built up a very emotional connection to since my arrival in January 2020. The environment at Leverkusen is special for me. The support from the fans for the team is fantastic, our squad gets better year by year and I’m absolutely convinced I have the best conditions at Bayer 04 for a successful future.”
Sporting director Simon Rolfes also comments on the importance of the extension: “It is absolutely showing the way forward for our team and our club. Edmond is one of the best central defenders in the Bundesliga, he definitely has the potential to make it to the top on the international stage. This contract extension sends out a signal for us. We have ambitious targets at Leverkusen that we want to achieve with great players like Edmond Tapsoba. His quality on the pitch combined with his enormous ease and calm make Edmond a top player and a key member of our squad.”
Kicker reports that the new contract is likely to contain a release clause which is said to be a high double-digit million fee, which was a similar case to Tapsoba’s previous contract. Kicker also suggests that Tapsoba’s new contract could trigger a domino effect and cause other key players for Leverkusen to extend their contracts as Exequiel Palacios, Jeremie Frimpong and Jonathan Tah’s all expire in 2025.
Tapsoba joined Leverkusen in 2020 from Vitória Guimarães SC in Portugal for €20.2m and has been a key part of Leverkusen’s defence ever since his arrival. The 24-year-old was close to leaving Leverkusen this summer as the Burkina Faso international had attracted interest from Tottenham in England but a move for the defender never materialised.
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