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Nkunku signs Leipzig contract extension

Christopher Nkunku has signed a two-year contract extension at RB Leipzig, keeping him at the club until 2026.

The 24-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but has opted to commit to the Bundesliga side.

This new deal was signed after a sensational 21/22 season where the attacking midfielder registered 20 league goals and 13 assists en route to being voted as Bundesliga Player of the Season. 

He also spearheaded Leipzig’s triumphant DFB Cup run and becoming a full France international.

Speaking on his new deal, Nkunku said:

“I’m pleased to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt. After our great achievement in winning the DFB Cup, it remained clear that my story here isn’t over yet – we want more,” Nkunku told the Leipzig website.

“RB Leipzig have made a name for themselves on the international stage in recent years and have shown time and again that we can compete for titles. We want to build on that going forward and go one step further.”

Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell added: “We’re proud and happy to have been able to keep hold of one of the best players in the world at the moment,”

“There are only a few players who can match the speed, flair and mentality that Christo possesses.

“In addition to that comes his incredible goal involvements this season. Christo has developed into one of the Bundesliga’s best players at Leipzig and has also become a regular with the France national team. This success story is something that we want to continue writing together.”

The 24-year-old arrived at Leipzig in July 2019 from boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain. He soon became a mainstay in the team, able to operate in attacking midfield, on either flank or even as a striker.

To date he has made 136 competitive outings for the club, contributing 47 goals as part of 93 direct goal involvements.

He was handed his senior international debut for Didier Deschamps’ France team against Ivory Coast in March this year, and has since gone on to earn a further five caps, including two starts.

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