Leverkusen - Stefan Kießling will be going on the goalscoring prowl for Bayer 04 Leverkusen for at least the next three years after committing himself to a new contract on Friday.

The 29-year-old forward, who was the league’s top goalscorer last season with 25 goals, has penned a two-year extension to his previous deal, meaning he will be a Bayer player up until 2017.

Happy family

“I’m really pleased,” said the towering 6' 3" forward. “Bayer 04 are my club and I’m really happy here. Leverkusen has become my home, where my wife and children are happy. The whole environment is perfect for me, including in sporting terms, and now I’d like to play my part in ensuring Bayer 04 Leverkusen are successful in the future.”

Kießling joined Leverkusen in 2006 and has appeared 220 times for the club, scoring 98 goals. “Stefan Kießling has become an absolute figurehead, leader and face of Bayer 04 Leverkusen,” said the club’s CEO Wolfgang Holzhäuser. “He’s certainly my best ever transfer. His development since 2006 has been phenomenal and I hope he’ll now go on to end his career with us.”

Role model

Kießling’s exploits last season pricked the ears of several top clubs around Europe, but it was always Leverkusen’s intention to tie him down to a longer contract, according to their sporting director Rudi Völler. “Stefan is extremely valuable to our team and he's an absolute role model for our fans,” he said.