According to Sport Buzzer, Dayot Upamecano has agreed a contract extension with RB Leipzig and he will remain with the German club for at least another season.
The Frenchman’s previous deal was due to expire in June 2021 and it appeared that he could head for the exit door during this summer’s transfer window.
Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff recently said that he was optimistic about the club’s chances of prolonging Upamecano’s stay and Sport Buzzer claims that a contract renewal has now been agreed.
With the extension, Leipzig are assured of keeping the centre-back for the 2020/21 campaign, but the Frenchman could thereafter have the opportunity to leave the club.
There has been no official confirmation regarding the contract extension or the length of the deal, but it is reported that the player has retained his release clause, which could become available towards the end of next season.
Leipzig have already lost an influential player in Timo Werner this summer following his £50m move to Chelsea. The German was in a similar contract situation to Upamecano last summer before he signed a four-year deal.
Still, he was always fancied to pursue a bigger challenge elsewhere and his departure was confirmed earlier last month after the Blues agreed to trigger the buy-out clause on his contract.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side ended their league campaign in the third spot, 15 points behind Bayern Munich, who won the Bundesliga crown for the eighth year running.
It has been over a month since the top-flight season concluded, but Leipzig’s campaign is still alive as they have to compete in the last eight of the Champions League.
Leipzig have been drawn against Atletico Madrid and the game will be played as a single knockout encounter in Lisbon instead of the traditional two-legged tie – due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Werner left the club following the conclusion of the Bundesliga season and the onus will be on Patrik Schick and Youssuf Poulsen to deliver the goals leading the line.
Schick and Poulsen have recently returned to full training after recovering from a back complaint and an ankle injury respectively. Poulsen had missed the last seven league games of the season due to the setback.
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