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Dayot Upamecano signs new contract with the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig

French defender Dayot Upamecano has signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023.

Upamecano, 21, has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent years and there had been suggestions that the Gunners could attempt to sign him in an attempt to address their long-standing defensive issues.

However, Leipzig announced that the centre-back has committed his future to them.

Leipzig posted a video on their Twitter account which showed Upamecano checking his phone and answering a call from the club.

Upamecano told the club’s official website: ‘I feel right at home here in Leipzig – the overall package is perfect. We had good conversations with Oliver Mintzlaff, Markus Krรถsche and Julian Nagelsmann, which showed to me that extending my contract was the right decision for me to make.

‘Our young and hungry team is part of an ambitious club. I want to take the next step with Leipzig and reach our aims, because I’m convinced by the way we play our football.

‘I have been in Leipzig for over three years and I have continued to improve alongside the team’s development. I want to carry on developing personally, and I think Julian Nagelsmann is a coach that can bring me to the next level.’

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