Upcoming Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano says he has always wanted to stay in Germany amid Manchester United and Liverpool connections.
The French international emerged last season as one of Europe’s most coveted young center-backs. This season, however, speculation rose over the 22-year-old’s future among more impressive performances. As such, reports claimed that both Liverpool and United wanted to sign the player.
However, Bayern surprised their rivals in February with announces Upamecano’s conquest from next season.
The defender has signed a five-year deal with the German giants.
Talking to Sport summerhowever, Upamecano revealed that he never took interest in other parts of Europe too seriously.
“I was relatively sure I would stay in Germany and in the Bundesliga,” he said.
“I like this, the level of the game, the fans, the stadiums.
“When FC Bayern come into contact, you are really proud. It does not get much higher, especially when you have played in Leipzig before. ”
In an interesting recent development, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will follow Upamecano to Bayern.
The 33-year-old was reportedly on Tottenham’s list of candidates to succeed Jose Mourinho. But like Upamecano, he chose a lucrative movement across Germany.
“He’s a good coach,” Upamecano said of Nagelsmann.
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“We are not thinking about the next season now, we are all thinking about this one.
“And we want to win the cup against [Borussia] Dortmund and top our best performance from the 2016/2017 season. ”
While Leipzig will fight the German Cup final with Dortmund later this month, Bayern have stripped free of the Die Roten Bullen at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Man Utd, Liverpool transfer links continue
Meanwhile, United and LiverpoolLinks to a swoop for a new center-back continue after they missed Upamecano.
The Red Devils reportedly have Villarreal’s Pau Torres on their radar and wants to sign the Spaniard before Euro 2020 begins.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are reportedly close to landing Upamecano’s Leipzig team-mate Ibrahima Konate.
The French under-21 international is looking for a property on Merseyside, reports claim.
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