Kiessling, who had raised some speculation about his future after publicly declaring he was unsure if he would continue playing, made just six Bundesliga starts for Leverkusen in 2016/17, scoring four goals.
However, it appears the arrival of Herrlich has given him renewed hope and the side’s new coach confirmed as much to Kicker, saying: “We have already spoken.
“The question has to be (what Kiessling can ask himself), what can the club give me, but what can I give the club. He is exactly the player who lives that way.”
When questioned as to whether the forward would remain with Leverkusen, the 45-year-old responded: “That’s what I’m expecting.”
Herrlich was a former Leverkusen forward from 1989 until 1993 and took over from interim coach Tayfun Korkut as the new man in charge earlier this month.