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“I’m coming to stay”: Nkunku extends in Leipzig until 2026

Kicker had already announced it on Wednesday, now it’s official: Christopher Nkunku has extended his contract with RB Leipzig, which was originally fixed until 2024, by two more years until 2026.

Ink dry: Christopher Nkunku stays in Leipzig.

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The club announced the extension on Thursday and published a video clip with the French attacker on its social channels. “Greetings from Paris, but don’t worry, I’ll be back in Leipzig soon, and I’m coming to stay,” Nkunku said.

Thanks to the new working paper, the salary of the French national player will increase significantly, from three to seven million euros per year. In addition, an exit clause should also be anchored in it, which will take effect in summer 2023 at the earliest and should be over 60 million euros. This would make Nkunku the most expensive transfer in RB history if sold. So far, this brand has been held by Naby Keita, who was sold to Liverpool FC in 2018 for 60 million euros.

Nkunku attracted interest from across Europe after a strong season with 55 points in 52 competitive games and a call-up to the French national team. Above all, his home club Paris St. Germain and Manchester United tried to get the 24-year-old signed, which RB club boss Oliver Mintzlaff strictly rejected.

I was really impressed by how the club took care of me.

The managing director had emphasized several times that they would start the new season with Nkunku. This promise has now been substantiated with the contract extension. “I was really impressed by how the club tried to get me. So a big thank you to everyone responsible for the trust and especially to Oliver Mintzlaff, with whom I was always in close contact,” said Nkunku in a press release from the club .

“We are proud and happy to be able to keep one of the world’s best players in Leipzig. There are only a few players who embody speed, playfulness and a strong mentality like Christo,” said Technical Director Christopher Vivell. Florian Scholz, commercial director of sports at RB, added: “After this year’s cup victory, we want to tackle further successes together. This contract extension should also symbolize that.”

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