Emre Can transfer to Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen completed | Barclays Premier League

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Thursday 03 July 2014

Liverpool complete transfer of Can from Leverkusen

German playmaker become third Reds signing of the summer transfer window

Emre Can says joining Liverpool was an 'easy decision to make'

New Liverpool signing Emre Can has vowed to "give it my best" after completing his move to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 20-year-old becomes the third player signed this summer by last season's Barclays Premier League runners-up, after the transfers of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton.

Liverpool had agreed a deal in principle for Can last month and the documentation has now been finalised, with the player signing a long-term contract.

"I am proud to be a part of the family and I am looking forward to playing here," Can told the Liverpool website. "I will give it my best.

"LFC is a great club and the fans are amongst the best in the world. I am looking forward to the first game and can't wait to step on the pitch for the first time at Anfield.

"He has recognised that we are a club that improves and nurtures exciting, ambitious players"
Brendan Rodgers

"It was an easy decision for me to sign with Liverpool as I had a very good chat with the manager, which clearly showed that the club and he wanted to sign me."

Can began his youth career at SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to Bayern Munich in 2009. He joined Bayer Leverkusen last summer and made 29 Bundesliga appearances, scoring three goals to help the club secure UEFA Champions League qualification for the 2014/15 campaign.

He also made his UEFA Champions League debut in the 4-2 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in September 2013. Can made seven appearances in the competition as his side reached the last 16.

He has represented Germany at all youth levels and played in the European Under-21 Championship while he was captain of his team at the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, scoring a fine solo in the 3-2 semi-final defeat by Mexico.

"Emre is an exciting young talent and I'm delighted he's chosen Liverpool for the next phase of his development and growth as a player," said Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager. "He has recognised that we are a club that improves and nurtures exciting, ambitious players and I'm looking forward to seeing him take those next steps forward for us."

"We have tracked his progress for some time and I have been impressed with his attitude and qualities when I have seen him play both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He has many of the attributes we look for: charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen."

Liverpool begin their pre-season campaign against Brondby on 16 July. For a list of the complete summer fixture list, click here. The Reds open their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on 16 August.

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Key Points

  • Emre Can completes move from Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool
  • Midfielder is Liverpool's third signing of the summer
  • 20-year-old says it was an easy decision for him to sign