Leverkusen (dpa) - Before his sad farewell without commitment and spectators, Lars Bender sent an unusual invitation to the fans.

"From now on, you can have a beer on the weekend without anyone complaining," said the future honorary captain of Bayer Leverkusen: "I hope that we will get together and pick one up."

At 32, the ex-national player and twin brother Sven will end their careers.

And the Bundesliga is losing “unbelievable people” (coach Hannes Wolf), “special personalities” (sports director Simon Rolfes) or “two cool guys that I love” (national player Jonathan Tah).

While Lars, who has been playing for Bayer since 2009, has not been able to play since January 23, Sven will get a special farewell game - in Dortmund, where he played from 2009 to 2017.

“Very, very nice,” says the former BVB youth coach Wolf: “But it's also a very, very pity that it is without fans.

Otherwise we would experience something special again. "

Sven understood that he only played three minutes in the 1-1 draw against Union Berlin.

"They said it was not about both of us," said Wolf: "I had to tell them: Yes, it is also possible."

In general, it was “crazy” for him, said Wolf: “That I will be with the Benders for the last few weeks.”

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Video message from Lars Bender