Manchester City have been quite intense in their pursuit of a perfect number nine, but that wait will continue with Bayer Leverkusen striker, Patrik Schick looking to continue with his current club. The Czech Republic International admits that he is flattered by the transfer interest from the likes of Manchester City but insists that his current priority is to stay at Bayer and lead the German outfit to European football, 90min understands.
Patrik Schick, 25, has found his goal-scoring form in Bayer Leverkusen after a horrific stay at AS Roma and is having a stellar 2021/22 season which has yielded him 17 goals in 15 appearances; only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (20) has netted more.
In a recent interview, when asked about his future, Schick admitted that
"“Of course, it’s nice to read when you are associated with big clubs. But I’m really, really happy in Leverkusen and want to go to the Champions League with Bayer,”“I love living in Germany. At the moment, I’m not thinking about another club. Everyone knows my contractual situation. And I would never cause problems for a club by pushing for a transfer.”"
The source further adds that the 25-year-old seems to be high on the priority list of many top clubs including the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester City, Everton, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The fact that the Skyblues are unlikely to break their wage structure for Haaland means that City’s interest in Schick is more serious than it seems.
The Czech Republic striker first came to the limelight following a sensational run at the Euros, where he finished as the joint top scorer alongside Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, with 5 goals. With Bayer in the mix to qualify for UEFA Champions League, the 25-year-old looks set to stay in Germany, especially with his current contract with the Bundesliga outfit set to run out in 2025.
The source concludes that in addition to Schick’s desire to stay, Leverkusen is in no rush to sell, although when the occasion does arise, they are likely to demand a fee in the range of £40 million for the striker.