Christopher Nkunku lives far from Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), his birthplace, and from Paris. Aged 22 (23 November 14), the one who has become a crucial element of RB Leipzig receives PSG, his training club on Wednesday evening, without any negative feelings, as has been the case since his transfer to Germany in the summer 2019 in exchange for 13 million euros. “I needed more playing time and I wanted to grow as a player and as a man,” he explained to the Germans at Kicker on Monday. My decision was the right one. “
At the time of finding PSG for the second time in three months after the semi-final of the Champions League lost by Leipzig this summer (3-0), Nkunku draws up an unstoppable statistical record to justify his career choice. “I have already played 50 games, scored goals, given assists, reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and fought for the first places in the Bundesliga, he recalls, still at Kicker. So change was not such a bad idea. “
The Blues in a corner of the head
When Nkunku left PSG, the “titi” had 78 professional games to his name. But he retained the image of a youngster, capable of entering the rotation only. His last memory in Paris? A penalty sent to the stands of the Stade de France, which sealed the defeat in the Coupe de France final against Rennes. But Nkunku has changed a lot under the orders of Julian Nagelsmann, the young coach from Leipzig. The latter placed his trust in him while introducing him to new systems and new positions.
An essential cog in the offensive game advocated by Nagelsmann, Nkunku has become one of the best assisters in the Bundesliga (18 assists in 53 games with Leipzig) while his club fights for the title with Bayern Munich and in front of Borussia Dortmund. “I can now say that it is better to leave your comfort zone to grow taller,” he concludes with Kicker. All while dreaming of bigger. International hopes, Nkunku is now targeting the Blues of Didier Deschamps. What will pass by a great performance against Paris.
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