Roger Schmidt is heading into his second season at the Bayer 04 Leverkusen helm with a squad fit for his style of play - © gettyimages / Ronald Wittek
Roger Schmidt is heading into his second season at the Bayer 04 Leverkusen helm with a squad fit for his style of play - © gettyimages / Ronald Wittek
Bundesliga

Bundesliga transfer report: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Cologne - While the Bundesliga's many stars continue to build up their fitness levels ahead of the new season, clubs up and down the country are working tirelessly behind the scenes to strengthen their playing staff in time for the big kick-off in mid August.

bundesliga.com is taking a closer look at each of the 18 top-flight clubs' summer transfer dealings so far. Next up in the series: Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

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How they fared in 2014/15...

Bayer 04 Leverkusen did not drop any lower than sixth last season. After Matchday 5, however, they never rose any higher than third with Roger Schmidt's men leaving a marker in fourth place, and qualifying for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League. In the words of their sporting director Rudi Völler, that is about as high as they can aim given the strength of the competition, so it was therefore a satisfying season for die Werkself, and one they will be happy enough to emulate in 2015/16.

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Editor's note: Not all summer transfers will be discussed here. The players featured in this article made at least ten league appearances for their respective clubs last season, chipped in with numerous goals and assists or made other significant contributions to their team. For an overview of the 2015/16 summer transfers, click here.

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