Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insists Julian Weigl will not be leaving the club this month amidst speculation over a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Weigl played an integral role in Dortmund’s 1-0 win away at RB Leipzig which restores the club’s six-point lead over second-placed Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old had played in the heart of defence next to Abdou Diallo as manager, Lucien Favre was forced to resume after the winter break without injured defenders Manuel Akanji, Omer Toprak and Dan-Axel Zagadou.
Asked about a potential move from Weigl to Paris, Zorc said, according to ESPN:
“Julian Weigl will stay in Dortmund.”
“He has already played very well against Gladbach [as centre-back] before the winter break and once again showed a brilliant performance tonight — especially when keeping in mind that he usually plays in midfield.”
Reports in the French press suggests that Weigl, who played under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund, remains the French champions’ first choice this month while PSG are looking for a replacement for Adrien Rabiot.
PSG sporting director Antero Henrique is under increasing pressure to sign a midfielder after Marco Veratti picked up an ankle injury in PSG’s 9-0 win over Guingamp.
“I cannot talk about players who play for another club,” Tuchel said during Friday’s prematch news conference when asked about Weigl.
“Julian was a player of mine, but he is still a Dortmund player today. We are working hard to bring in a defensive midfielder.”