Kiessling commits to Bayer

Tottenham target signs contract extension

Kiessling: New deal

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Stefan Kiessling has signed a contract extension at Bayer Leverkusen to keep him at the club until 2012.

The striker's contract had not been set to expire until 2010 but Bayer were keen to tie him to a longer deal after speculation surfaced of possible interest from England.

Tottenham were strongly linked with a summer move for Kiessling as reports suggested scouts from Juande Ramos' side had been tracking him all season.

However, the Germany international has now put an end to the rumours and is happy to be staying at Bayer.

"In one or two years we will be challenging for the Bundesliga title," said Kiessling, who joined Bayer from Nuremberg in 2006.

Leverkusen director of football Rudi Voeller added: "Stefan's early contract extension is the logical continuation of our club's policy of securing young players on a long-term basis to build a strong side for the future."