French international centre-back Dayot Upamecano has revealed that he rejected interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United because he wanted to remain in Germany ahead of his £38.25m move to Bayern Munich.
Upamecano is due to formally complete his move from RB Leipzig to Bayern at the start of the next transfer window, despite Liverpool and United reportedly having him high on their transfer wishlists.
The defender says he enjoys playing in the Bundesliga and that he was sure ‘relatively quickly’ that his next transfer would be to another club in the division, rather than the Premier League.
Speaking to Sport Buzzer, as transcribed by the Daily Mail, Upamecano explained why he decided to sign for Bayern Munich. “I was sure relatively quickly that I wanted to stay in Germany and in the Bundesliga.
“I like it here, the level of the games, the fans, the stadiums.
“When FC Bayern gets in touch, you are really proud. It doesn’t get much higher, especially when you’ve played in Leipzig before.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
There is nothing Liverpool can do if a player does not want to play in the Premier League. Upamecano has made it clear that he wanted to stay in Germany instead of moving to a new country and there is nothing you can say other than ‘fair enough’. Upamecano clearly feels at home in the Bundesliga and a £38.25m transfer to Bayern Munich is an attractive one, given their success over the years. Bayern are, of course, the current holders of the Champions League following their 1-0 win over PSG last year.
Upamecano’s decision has not stopped Liverpool from signing a young French centre-back from RB Leipzig, though, as Ibrahima Konate appears poised to join the club this summer. Liverpool are reportedly set to sign Konate from Leipzig for £30.5m.
Konate, however, has not performed as well for Leipzig as Upamecano has this season. Upamecano has been a star for Leipzig in the Bundesliga, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.91 across 26 appearances, whilst Konate has averaged a rating of 6.56 across 13 appearances. This suggests that Upamecano is ahead of Konate in his development, which is to be expected as the soon-to-be Bayern player is a year older.
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