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Bender extends Leverkusen stay to 2017

Midfielder Bender, who along with his twin brother Sven of champions Borussia Dortmund hopes to be part of Germany's Euro 2012 squad, joined last season's runners-up in 2009.

"I am happy and satisfied," Bender said in a statement. "Leverkusen are the best club for my sporting development," added the 22-year-old.