Josip Stanisic, a defender from Croatia, has been loaned to Bayer Leverkusen for the 2023โ€“24 season.

 On Sunday, Leverkusen made a statement. Stanisic, according to our team's sporting director Simon Rolfes, will increase competitiveness. 

He is a very driven player who will raise the calibre of the team.

Stanisic, 23, was a member of Croatia's World Cup team last year and made 14 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern last season, 10 as a substitute, before being considered surplus to requirements by coach Thomas Tuchel.

He will provide another defensive option for Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso. Staniลกiฤ‡ is primarily a right-back, but he is also capable of playing in other positions.

Top players on the squad- Josip Stanisic

Top players on the squad and my conversations with the club encourage me, Stanisic said. The environment here is extraordinary and there are clear ideas. As one of the most thrilling teams in the Bundesliga last season, I am really looking forward to the Werkself."

On Saturday, Leverkusen won 3-2 over Leipzig to kick off the Bundesliga season.

Bayern Munich began the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen on Friday.