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Arsenal-linked 21-year-old who Lothar Matthaus called a ‘huge player’ makes decision on his future

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Arsenal-linked 21-year-old who Lothar Matthaus called a ‘huge player’ makes decision on his future

Reported Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has made a decision on his future, but unfortunately it’s not good news for the Gunners.

The 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender is one of the most sought-after young defenders in world football at present.

Upamecano’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, which made him even more appealing to potential suitors.

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Arsenal have been linked with the Frenchman for a number of months, with Bleacher Report claiming earlier in July that he was top of Mikel Arteta’s wishlist.

Numerous other clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, have also been linked with Upamecano’s services (The Mirror), as have Manchester City and United (Sky Sports).

However, the Premier League won’t see Upamecano grace its pitches for the time being, as Leipzig confirmed on Friday that he had penned a contract extension until 2023.

 

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Aside from the plaudits sent Upamecano’s way, the France Under-21 defender’s displays have often spoken for themselves, in particular his shutout of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the goalless draw between the two sides earlier this year.

“He is a young player, he is highly talented, he’s fast, has a good positional game and he uses his body well for his 21 years old,” Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthaus previously told Sky Germany.

“I can still see one or two percent where he can learn. But, as I said, he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that the top clubs in Europe are after him.”

A tall, strong centre-back with explosive pace and superb reading of the game, it’s unsurprising to see the Premier League’s top sides having been linked with him, but even though he’s still young and could yet come to England in future, it most likely won’t be this summer.

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