May 18, 2021

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Upamecano explains Bayern Munich transfer decision after ignoring interest from the Premier League


The much-loved French defender will leave RB Leipzig this summer, with Julian Nagelsmann set to join him at the Allianz Arena.

Dayot Upamecano has discussed his decision to leave RB Leipzig for Bayern Munich, with the French defender avoiding Premier League interest.

The 22-year-old center-half will play for the Bundesliga champions next season, after a € 42.5million (£ 37million / $ 52million) deal has been struck with RB Leipzig.

Various options were open for Upamecano, with Manchester United and Liverpool interested, but he sees German football as the best place for his immediate and long-term future.

What was said?

Revealing why he decided to move to Bayern, Upamecano said Sports buzzer: “I was sure pretty quickly that I wanted to stay in Germany and in the Bundesliga. I like it here, the level of the matches, the supporters, the stadiums.

“When FC Bayern comes into contact you are really proud. It doesn’t go much higher, especially when you have played for Leipzig before.”

The big picture

Upamecano’s adaptation to life in Munich should be made easier by having a familiar face by his side.

Julian Nagelsmann is preparing to move from Leipzig to Munich himself, with the 33-year-old being named successor to the outgoing Hansi Flick.

Upamecano added about his work with one of the most sought-after young coaches in world football: “He’s a great coach. We’re not thinking about next season now, we’re all thinking about this one, and we want to win. against Dortmund and leading our best performance of the 2016-17 season. “

Leipzig reserved their place in the DFB-Pokal final with a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen, meaning they will have a chance of winning the major silverware against Dortmund on May 13.

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