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Thomas Meunier prefers attacking over staying back

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Borussia Dortmund signed Thomas Meunier on a free transfer and the defender has stated his intentions of helping in attack. 

Over the course of his stay with Paris Saint-Germain, Meunier was involved in 13 goals and 21 assists. That is an impressive haul for a right-back in 128 competitive outings. 

The 28-year-old wants to add to this tally in the Yellow Blacks as he bids to replace Achraf Hakimi in the squad. 

“It wouldn’t be good for the team if I played at center-back,” Bundesliga quoted Meunier during a pre-season press conference. “I always want to charge forward, so there’d be a big hole in defense if I played there!”

While Hakimi was predominantly used as an attacking wing-back and on occasions as a winger, Meunier is comfortably playing at the back. 

Meunier was deployed in a back-four and in a three-man defense at Parc des Princes. The Belgian international has no qualms about such roles but wants to be part of an attack-minded setup.

“It depends on the opposition and the players you have available. You can play with three at the back against Leipzig and Bayern, but it’s dangerous. The main thing is that we play attacking football.”

“I play a more attacking role in the national team and get goals and assists,” he explained. “There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of scoring a goal, and the celebration afterwards.”