RB Leipzig announce Christopher Nkunku will be staying at the club

Man United and Chelsea FAIL in their bid to sign RB Leipzig hotshot Christopher Nkunku, with the Bundesliga Player of the Season signing a new contract… but it DOES have a £51.6m release clause that is active next summer

  •  Christopher Nkunku scored 20 goals in 34 Bundesliga games last season
  •  It was the first time the 24-year-old striker’s scoring tally passed double figures
  • The striker’s two-year extension with RB Leipzig was announced in a tweet today
  • Both Manchester United and Chelsea were said to be interested in signing him

RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku will be staying at the club after signing a two year deal.

The news will come as a blow to Chelsea and Manchester United who had both been linked with the 24-year-old striker.

They may have a chance to sign the player next year though, with Buli News reporting a £51.6m release clause in the player’s contract that can be activated from Summer 2023.

Christopher Nkunku had a breakthrough season last year with 20 league goals in 34 games

Christopher Nkunku had a breakthrough season last year with 20 league goals in 34 games 

Leipzig announced the deal in a tweet that read: ‘Christo is staying! RB Leipzig and Christopher Nkunku have agreed on a two-year contract extension until 2026’.

It had been a steady rise for the striker who moved to Leipzig in 2019 following limited opportunities at PSG.

He predominantly impressed as a creative player in his first season in Germany, bagging 15 assists in his first Bundesliga campaign but only five goals.

Nkunku enjoyed his best season to date in 2021/2, scoring 20 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances. He had never previously passed double figures in a season.

He also scored 11 goals in 12 European appearances as Leipzig reached the Europa League semi finals, not to mention a goal in the German Cup final as the club won it for the first time.

The striker’s form even earned him an international call-up in March, with the Frenchman picking up six caps since then. 

Erik ten Hag will have to look elsewhere for a striker

Thomas Tuchel had been interested in signing Nkunku

Both Manchester United and Chelsea had been linked with signing Nkunku

In a statement released by the club today, Nkunku said: ‘I’m pleased to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt. 

‘After our great achievement in winning the DFB-Pokal, it remained clear that my story here isn’t over yet.’

‘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.’ 


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