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Bundesliga Player of the Season Christopher Nkunku Extended With RB Leipzig Until 2026 MPNRC

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

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

His performance saw him make his debut in the France squad last March and attracted interest from his former clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

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

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The new deal reportedly includes a significant pay raise, with magazine Kicker and German daily Bild claiming a release clause of around 60 million euros ($63 million) will be activated next summer.

“I was really impressed by the club’s efforts to retain me, so a big thank you to the people responsible, especially Oliver Mintzlaff, 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 which was only established in 2009 but shot up through Germany’s football pyramid from fifth level with four promotions in seven years.

They have qualified again for the Champions League next season and Nkunku 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 build on that and go a step further.”

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