Kramer to return to Bayer Leverkusen

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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) Bayer Leverkusen says Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer will return to the club next season and has signed a two-year contract extension through 2019.

The 23-year-old Kramer, currently on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach, was part of Germany's World Cup winning team this year. He played in the final against Argentina for the opening half-hour before going off injured.

Kramer will strengthen Leverkusen "in a strategically very important midfield position," the club's sporting director Rudi Voeller said Monday.

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