Leon Goretzka was born on the 6th of February 1995 in Bochum, Germany. He is 1.89 m or 6 ft 2 inches in height and plays as an attacking midfielder for German club VfL Bochum.
The talented attacking midfielder started his career with WSV Bochum in 1999 when he was only 4 years old. He stayed on with WSV Bochum for 2 years before making the move to the youth set up of VfL Bochum in 2001.
Leon Goretzka continued his progress with the youth team for the next 11 years and in 2012, at the age of 17, the exciting young star was promoted to the VfL Bochum senior team.
His performances for the youth side and reserves has not gone unnoticed as scouts around Europe kept a close eye on this emerging talent.
Leon Goretzka has made 2 league start and it did not take too long before he opened his account for Bochum. He also has made 1 appearance in the DBF Pokal.
The attacking midfielder has also been a regular for the German U16 side where he made 10 appearance scoring 2 goals. He was also involved with the German U17 side where he made 17 appearance scoring 5 goals along the way. In 2012 Goretzka was called up to represent Germany for the U19 level and it is only a matter of time he is called up to the senior side.
Even though Leon Goretzka is yet to feature more for his side, his performance for the German team has attracted interest from the biggest clubs from across Europe and Germany. Bayern Munich recently expressed their interest in signing the talented attacking midfielder.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal have also been keeping tabs on his progress and even with his limited appearance for Bochum, these clubs are ready to snap up Leon Goretzka.
However it is said that VfL Bochum are determined not to lose Leon Goretzka anytime soon. Sporting director Jens Todt recently said : “We absolutely do not plan to give up Leon. He should play in Bochum for many years,”.
So what is so special about Leon Goretzka? Why are the biggest clubs in Europe are after his signature?
Leon Goretzka is known to possess good ball control ability. He also has the ability to pick out passes for his team-mates.
Goretzka is also not shy when it comes to taking shots at goal. The talented youngster is know to produce powerful shots from outside the box, a trait similar to that of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Goretzka is also well know for his excellent heading ability and has scored a few headed goals in recent times. His 6 ft 2 inches frame helps him win aerial battle even with the tallest defenders.
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Leon Goretzka is definitely a talent to watch for the future. The young attacking midfielder has a potent eye for goal and is beginning to make his mark in the Bundesliga. It won’t be long before the talented youngster becomes subject of a bidding war between Europe’s biggest clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.