Arsenal-linked Upamecano speaks out over future

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has this afternoon provided a brief update on his future, amid mounting interest from some of European football’s heavyweights.

Leipzig stint

Upamecano, a 21-year-old central-defender, has emerged as one of German football’s standout performers over the last couple of seasons.

On the back of an impressive stint in Austria on the books of Red Bull Salzburg, sister club Leipzig snapped up Upamecano in January of 2017.

And the stopper, despite his tender years, has since gone on to establish himself as an absolutely integral member of the Bundesliga giants’ backline.

Upamecano has long been hailed for his defensive traits, with the French youth international combining a superb reading of the game, ability in the tackle and pace to burn, all wrapped up in an impressive physical stature.

To this point in the current campaign, the gifted youngster has started in 18 of RB Leipzig’s 22 Bundesliga fixtures, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men sitting just a point adrift of table-topping Bayern Munich.

‘There are clubs that want me’

Upamecano’s talents, though, have inevitably begun to pique the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Recent months have seen the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all named as keen suitors of the stopper.

As such, it is widely-assumed that this summer will mark the one in which Upamecano finally departs the Red Bull Arena.

MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 09: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena on February 9, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Such suggestions, meanwhile, have today seen the Frenchman provide an update on his future.

Speaking in an interview with RMC Sport, Upamecano was first keen to assure that his focus, for the time being at least, remains on matters at Leipzig:

‘As I said, first I focus on Leipzig.’

The in-demand 21-year-old, though, then appeared to hint at a summer transfer, continuing:

‘And afterwards, I know that I am being courted, that there are clubs that want me.’

‘I will talk well with my agents and my parents at the end of the season. And we will make the right decision.’

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