Leverkusen lure Yurchenko from Shakhtar

Bayer 04 Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler said "this transfer fits our philosophy perfectly" after Vladlen Yurchenko's acquisition on a two-year deal.

Vladlen Yurchenko (Ukraine)
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of Vladlen Yurchenko from FC Shakhtar Donetsk on a two-year deal.

Yurchenko, 20, becomes Leverkusen's fifth acquisition of the summer, following in the footsteps of Tim Jedvaj, Dario Krešić, Wendell and Josip Drmić. The Ukrainian Under-21 international feels most comfortable in attacking midfield, but is considered a versatile player who will suit Leverkusen's dynamic counterattacking style.

"With Vladlen Yurchenko we have again signed a big talent, hoping that he will make the next step in his development here," said sporting director Rudi Völler. "This transfer fits our philosophy perfectly, as we like to give young players a chance to prove themselves at a high level."

Leverkusen, fourth in the Bundesliga last season, will begin the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League in the play-offs.