RB Leipzig have extended the contract of France’s top scorer Christopher Nkunku until 2026.
The 24-year-old was in stellar form last season, scoring 35 goals, including 20 in the Bundesliga, plus 19 assists in 50 appearances in all competitions.
His performances earned him his France debut last March and sparked interest from his former club Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Nkunku had two more years left on his original contract, but RB Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff enlisted his services for another four years.
The new deal is reported to include a significant pay rise as Kicker magazine and German daily Bild claim that a release clause of about 60 million euros ($63 million) will go into effect next summer.
“I was very impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me, so many thanks to those in charge, especially Oliver Mintzlaff, with whom I have always been in close contact,” Nkunku said in a statement.
Red Bull-backed Leipzig won the DFB-Pokal last season, the first title for the club, which was founded in 2009 but has climbed up the German football pyramid from level five, rising four times in seven years.
They qualified for the Champions League again the following season and Nkunku said the club had big goals.
“RB Leipzig has made a name for itself on the international stage in recent years and has shown that we can fight for titles,” he said.
“We want to build on that in the future and take it one step further.”
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