Berlin: Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen signed striker Josip Drmic from relegated Nuremberg until 2019.
The Swiss international put pen to paper Monday on a five-year deal to stay with the `Werkself`. The striker joined Nuremberg in July 2013 to score 17 goals in 33 appearances, reports Xinhua.
However, Drmic`s goals were not enough to help Nuremberg stay in Germany`s top flight. Leverkusen`s 21-year-old new arrival will now play in the Champions League playoffs instead of second division.
"It is really bitter to leave Nuremberg under such circumstances. I had, despite the relegation, a great time there. But now I want to play with Leverkusen in other areas of the table and reach the Champions League. This is a dream for every player. Leverkusen has a great team and convinced me," Drmic said.
Leverkusen`s sporting director Rudi Voeller 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."
Bayer Leverkusen completed the Bundesliga 2013-14 season in fourth place which allows them to play in the Champions League playoffs.