Bayer Leverkusen complete signing of Union Berlin midfielder Robert Andrich

Bayer Leverkusen complete signing of Union Berlin midfielder Robert Andric.

Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Union Berlin midfielder Robert Andrich for €6.5m. 

In addition to announcing the arrival of Piero Hincapie, Bayer Leverkusen have now confirmed the signing of Robert Andrich from Union Berlin as well. The 26-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year deal with Leverkusen, keeping him at the club till June 2026. 

“Robert Andrich is an experienced and established Bundesliga player who has continually improved at all his previous clubs. He is commanding and very ambitious. With his professionalism and sense of responsibility, Robert is a character who can lead the way,” commented Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes. 

The central midfielder was picked up by Union from Heidenheim for €1 million two years ago. He featured 66 times for the German capital club, scoring nine goals and providing six assists.

What can Andrich bring to Leverkusen?

Andrich was pivotal to Bundesliga 2 side Heidenheim that fell two points short of the promotion places, contributing with four goals and three assists. He made the move to Union Berlin in the summer of 2019. Consequently, Bundesliga football beckoned. The industrious right-footer scored his first Bundesliga goal on Matchday 30 of the 2019/20 season. He went on to net a career-best five goals the following year as Union qualified for the inaugural UEFA Conference League. 

The 6’2” man adds a great deal of robustness to the midfield of 2021/22 UEFA Europa League participants Leverkusen. For instance, he was Union’s hardest-running player in 2020/21 (2135 intensive runs). He also ranked second for pass completion (82.57 percent) and challenges won (55.85 percent).

“Bayer 04 have played at the top of the Bundesliga for many years,” said Andrich. “That’s why I’m very happy and really impressed about how much the club fought to get me now and not in a year’s time. I’d like to and will definitely repay that confidence in my ability,” he added.

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