Germany: Kangur Signs New Deal

30 June 2005

Estonian international Kristjan Kangur has signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen.

Kangur's agent Martynas Purlys told Estonian newspaper Eesti Paevaleht: "The good sign is that Kristjan was one of the first players that the club signed for next season."

Purlys added: "The new head coach Achim Kuczmann told me that he would like to see Kristjan back in Leverkusen as he thinks highly of him, both as a player and as a person."

Last season, former Bayer head coach Heimo Forster had promised Kangur a regular first team place but the Estonian was restricted to occasional appearances, despite impressing with limited playing time.

"And he played very well," Purlys added. "But we were naturally disappointed after last season, so we did not rush to accept their new offer."

Another Estonian in the Bundesliga, Janar Talts, has agreed to stay with his club Cologne, who, like Bayer, have a new head coach - Serbian Sasha Obradovic.

Talts said: "Let's see what he (Obradovic) will be like - he could easily keep playing, never mind his 36 years of age. He is in good physical shape."

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