Bundesliga Player of the Season Christopher Enkunku extends to 2026 with RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig has extended the contract of his top-scoring France forward Christopher Nkunku until 2026, it was announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old was in superb form last season, scoring 35 goals, including 20 in the Bundesliga, as well as 19 assists in 50 matches in all competitions.

With his performances he made his debut for France last March and drew interest from his former club Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

Nkunku was still on his original contract for two years, but RB Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaf has secured his services for another four years.

The new deal allegedly includes a significant pay rise with the magazine Kicker and the German daily Build, and claims that a release clause of around 60 million euros ($ 63 million) will be activated next summer.

“I was really impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me, so thank you very much to those responsible, especially Oliver Mintzlaf, with whom I have always been in close contact,” Nkunku said in a statement.

Red Bull-backed Leipzig won the German Cup last season, the first title for the club since its inception in 2009 but advanced to the fifth tier of the German football pyramid with four promotions in seven years.

They have again qualified for next season’s Champions League and Nakunku said the club has big goals.

“RB Leipzig has made a name for itself on the international stage in recent years and has shown that we can compete for the title,” he said.

“We want to take it one step further.”

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