French centre-back Dayot Upamecano will swap RB Leipzig for Bayern Munich this summer time, the place he’s wanting ahead to proceed enjoying below fellow incoming import Julian Nagelsmann and to be lining up alongside – relatively than towards – Robert Lewandowski.
The arrivals of Upamecano and Nagelsmann from Bayern’s closest challengers to the Meisterschale this season are a transparent sign of their intent for 2021/22.
It underlines their reluctance to relinquish an eight-year grip on the championship that may very well be prolonged to 9 if Leipzig fail to beat Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 32 this Saturday or, no matter that consequence, Bayern declare all three factors towards Borussia Mönchengladbach later the identical day.
Finally, the draw of the report German and present European champions was an excessive amount of for Upamecano to show down.
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There was appreciable curiosity throughout Europe in his signature, however the 22-year-old France worldwide defined that golf equipment don’t get larger than Bayern and that extending his five-year keep in Germany was a no brainer.
“There was curiosity from different golf equipment too, after all,” he advised Sportbuzzer. “However I used to be certain comparatively rapidly that I needed to remain in Germany and within the Bundesliga. I prefer it right here, the extent of the video games, the followers, the stadiums.”
As for what it’s wish to obtain the decision from Bayern, Upamecano added: “You’re already proud, sure. It does not get a lot larger, particularly for those who’ve performed in Leipzig beforehand.”
Upamecano’s signature in February was adopted by final week’s affirmation that Nagelsmann will exchange present incumbent Hansi Flick as head coach subsequent yr, rapidly transferring to reunite two of soccer’s most fun prospects – on the pitch and within the dugout, respectively.
The pair sealed their place within the DFB Cup ultimate over the weekend and need to depart Leipzig with the membership’s first main trophy stationed within the hallway cupboards of the Pink Bull Enviornment.
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Victory over Dortmund within the showpiece would go away a becoming legacy to their eye-catching spells in Leipzig, and Upamecano is happy to have the ability to proceed working collectively from subsequent season, albeit in a brand new atmosphere.
With that stated, the three-cap Frenchman isn’t anticipating any favouritism after they contact down in Bavaria.
“It wasn’t predictable after I made the transfer in February. But it surely’s good nonetheless as a result of I do know his sport philosophy and his model. Nonetheless, I am ranging from scratch like all the opposite gamers,” stated Upamecano in a separate interview with Kicker.
“It is enjoyable to work with him, he understands the sport and is aware of precisely what is required. I’ve made nice progress below him, and he helped me so much, particularly within the tactical space. I can solely reward him and take into account myself fortunate to have the ability to proceed working with him.”
One other man Upamecano is worked up to be taking to the sphere in partnership with, relatively than opposition, is Bundesliga record-breaker, Lewandowski.
Dayot Upamecano (l.) and Robert Lewandowski (r.) have had some ding-dong battles up towards one another over the previous 5 seasons. – Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Pictures
The 2 have had a lot of ding-dong battles up towards one another through the years and Upamecano has been distinctive in limiting the Poland captain to 4 objectives in eight video games with the 2 on the pitch on the similar time.
Three of these Lewandowski objectives got here of their first two conferences – when Upamecano was 18 of their dramatic 5-4 opening encounter and had turned 19 the day earlier than their second – with only one Lewy strike – within the dying embers of the 2018/19 cup ultimate – within the subsequent six.
That’s some report contemplating Lewandowski is scoring Bundesliga objectives at a price of 1 each 61 minutes this season, however Upamecano stopped in need of saying he had his soon-to-be teammate “below management”.
He added to Sportbuzzer: “A person like that’s by no means fully below management. He has all the pieces, can do all the pieces.”
Thankfully for each males, they’ll not have to fret about duelling one another exterior of the coaching floor at Säbener Straße in future.