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Official: Christopher Nkunku leaves PSG for RB Leipzig

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RB Leipzig have confirmed their capture of midfielder Christopher Nkunku from Paris Saint-Germain in a €15m deal.

After coming through PSG’s youth ranks, Nkunku debuted for the first-team in December 2015 in a Champions League group-stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 21-year-old, however, struggled to break into the club’s line-up on a regular basis and ended up making just a further 54 appearances. So, he’s future in Paris has been under strong doubt for quite some time.

Former PSG manager Unai Emery, in fact, hoped to take Nkunku out on loan to his current club Arsenal in January. He later allegedly revisited his interest in signing the highly-rated youngster for this summer’s transfer window.

But the France U-21 international has instead opted to sign for Bundesliga giants Leipzig on a five-year contract.

“I’m very happy to wear the Leipzig jersey,” Nkunku told the club’s website.

“I’ve heard a lot about the club and I’m convinced the way football is played here will suit me very well. I’ve even met some of my new team-mates

“I have already played alongside Jean-Kevin Augustin at PSG, and with Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele in the French U-21 national team. So, I’m optimistic that I can settle in here quickly.”

Sporting director Markus Krosche added: “Christopher Nkunku’s skill set fits very well with our profile.

“He is a dynamic and versatile attacking player and thus increases the variability in our game.

“We are delighted that this highly talented player has chosen our club and we believe he will help us with his qualities.”

Nkunku made 29 appearances for PSG last season, which saw score four times and provide two assists in route to another Ligue 1 title.

The midfielder leaves the French capital with three league crowns, along with two Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue 1 cups, to his name.

SINGAPORE – JULY 28: Christopher Nkunku of Paris Saint Germain reacts after scoring a goal during the International Champions Cup match between Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain at the National Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for ICC)
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