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RB Leipzig boss Markus Krösche hopeful that Dayot Upamecano will stay after all

By Henrik Petersen

RB Leipzig boss Markus Krösche is hopeful that Dayot Upamecano will postpone his plans of leaving due to the corona crisis.

Dayot Upamecano.
Dayot Upamecano.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

Before the corona crisis, Dayot Upamecano was expected to leave RB Leipzig via the €60 million release clause in his contract.

But RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche admits that is no longer realistic.

"Such a fee is rather unlikely, at least this summer," he told Kicker.

With Upamecano's contract in expiring in 2021, RB Leipzig could be forced to let him go for less than his release clause in the summer to avoid losing him for free next year. Unless it will be possible to change the mind of the 21-year-old, who has been stalling on a new deal until now, of course.

Perhaps, Krösche says, the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic will make the highly-rated centre-back reconsider his future.

"This is a far-reaching decision for a player. He should take his time. I'm no friend of building up pressure," Krösche said and added:

"He has to find out exactly what he intends to do and how he sees his future. Maybe this has changed a bit for him due to this new situation."

Sport Bild reported last month that Upamecano still wants to leave the club in the summer and that he willing to force through a move.

The French defender has reportedly attracted interest from FC Barcelona, Bayern München, Arsenal and Tottenham.

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