Christoph Kramer has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal or Real Madrid during the January transfer window after he committed his future to Bayer Leverkusen by extending his contract, which will last until June 2019, the Bundesliga side confirmed.
Both the Gunners and the Champions League winners are reportedly in the market for a versatile midfielder in the forthcoming January transfer window and have been linked in a battle for Kramer and Brazilian starlet Lucas Silva.
With Sami Khedira expected to leave Real either in January or in the summer – when his contract at the Bernabeu expires – manager Carlo Ancelotti had reportedly earmarked 23-year-old German international Kramer as the perfect replacement.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is also looking to strengthen his midfield following injuries to Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta, whose long-term future at the Emirates Stadium remains on doubt as he is yet to sign a new deal.
After being part of Germany's World Cup-winning squad in the summer, Kramer is excelling in his second consecutive loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
While the German international is yet to play for Leverkusen, there were some doubts about his future at the club but the Bundesliga giants have now confirmed their agreement with the midfielder in order to ward off any suitor.
"The public debate around Christoph Kramer's immediate future is over: The World Cup winner, currently on a season-long loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, will not just complete his contract at Bayer 04 Leverkusen due to run out in 2017 – Kramer has now agreed a two-year extension to his contract at the Werkself up to 30 June 2019," Leverkusen announced on their official website.
Meanwhile, Kramer explained his decision to snub other suitors and commit his long-term future to Leverkusen.
He said: "After discussions with the management at Leverkusen, it didn't take me long to decide to extend my contract. The complete package of the team, the coaches and the club as a whole were all just right for me. I've been at Bayer 04 since I was in the youth sides and I always dreamed of making it into the first-team squad."