Leverkusen director Rolfes: Pandemic accelerated Wirtz career

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Bayer Leverkusen believe the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the development of young star Florian Wirtz. “The pandemic has actually accelerated his career,” Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes told an interview with the Sport Bild newspaper on Wednesday. “Florian has developed more quickly than could have been predicted. What no one could have foreseen was the lockdown in March 2020, which meant there were no classes in schools,” Rolfes said of the player who was, back then, a 16-year-old pupil. Rolfes then asked Wirtz’s father, Hans-Joachim, if the player could train with the first te…

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