Florian Wirtz's father speaks on Bayer Leverkusen star's future amid Liverpool interest

Hans-Joachim Wirtz, the father and agent of starlet Florian Wirtz, insists that the Bayer Leverkusen attacker is likely to stay at the club until his contract runs out in 2027. 

Florian Wirtz has been an essential part of the Leverkusen squad this season, helping Die Werkself reach the top of the Bundesliga table, where they currently sit eight points ahead of Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has flourished under Liverpool managerial target Xabi Alonso this term, producing eight goals and 17 assists in just 31 matches in all competitions.

As a result, Europe's elite clubs have been linked with the German international, with Liverpool among those keeping a close eye on his progress.

Speculation over a move to Anfield will only ramp up if Alonso is appointed as Jurgen Klopp's successor, but Wirtz's father and agent insists that his son has no plans to leave the BayArena any time soon.

"Florian has a contract in Leverkusen until 2027," he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger. "That will also roughly be the amount of time he will spend in Leverkusen.

"There is no answer to what happens when. We should wait for the next two years and then we will see where the path leads."

Hans-Joachim Wirtz added: "Florian is very lucky with Xabi Alonso, who has many qualities. He is great with the entire team. This is the right coach at the right time."

Leverkusen's Wirtz has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City as he continues to sparkle in the Bundesliga and Europa League, but the young dynamo would set Liverpool or any other suitor back a vast fee.

Wirtz is expected to cost over £85m at least if he were to move this summer, a fee which would make him Liverpool's record signing.

While a deal looks unlikely, Liverpool will undoubtedly be monitoring Wirtz's progress, especially if they can secure Alonso's services next season.

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