Friedrich extends Bayer contract

Bayer Leverkusen defender Manuel Friedrich has agreed a new

two-year extension to his contract, with an option for a further

year.

The 30-year-old’s current deal was due to expire at the end

of this season, but chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser revealed

the new contract has been successfully thrashed out.

Holzhauser told Bild: “Over the Christmas break, we have

achieved an agreement with his advisors. All that is missing is his

signature.

“We are glad we can keep Friedrich with us for three more

years, he has earned this contract extension.”

The Germany international, who signed from Mainz in 2007,

will commit himself to the club initially until 2012, with

Holzhauser adding: “We have found a compromise, in the third year

the conditions are performance-based.”