Christopher Nkunku, a striker for RB Leipzig, has agreed to a two-year contract extension.
Chelsea and Manchester United, who had both been connected with the 24-year-old attacker, will take the news as a setback.
However, according to Buli News, the player’s contract has a £51.6 million release clause that may be activated starting in the summer of 2023, giving them a chance to sign him the next year.
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’.
After receiving little opportunities at PSG, the striker went to Leipzig in 2019, and his ascent had been steady.
In his debut season in Germany, he primarily distinguished himself as a creative player, collecting 15 assists in his maiden Bundesliga season but only five goals.
With 20 goals in 34 Bundesliga games, Nkunku had his finest season to date in 2021–2022. He’d never reached double digits in a season before.
Aside from his goal in the German Cup final, which helped Leipzig win the competition for the first time, he also scored 11 goals in 12 games for Leipzig in Europe, helping the team advance to the Europa League semifinals.
Due to the striker’s performance, France’s national team called him up in March, and the Frenchman has now earned six caps.
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.’