Hilbert – ‘Bayer have great Turkish players’ [divider]
Bayer Leverkusen fullback Roberto Hilbert revealed that Atletico Madrid may have Arda Turan but his side also have great Turkish players.
Turkish internationals Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ömer Toprak are both expected to start against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Last 16 clash.
“We have great Turkish players, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ömer Toprak are excellent, I give us a 50 percent chance of making the next round,” Hilbert told Bügün.
Toprak is the captain of Bayer and has made a total of 27 appearances for the German giants this season.
The 25-year-old centre-back has two goals in 23 international caps for Turkey.
Çalhanoğlu joined Bayer for €14.5 million this summer – the highest fee ever paid for a Turkish international.
The 21-year-old was named best young player of the 2013/14 season by leading German football magazine 11 Freunde.
The highly rated attacking midfielder has scored seven direct free-kicks in the Bundesliga in his career despite being just 21-years-old.
Çalhanoğlu has a total of eight goals and seven assists for Bayer in all competitions this season.