Guaranteed fun and success: Christopher Nkunku is and remains an RB driver

Christopher Nkunk’s rise to become one of the world’s biggest football stars is fast but not unexpected.

Leipzig / Aigen – For Christopher Nkunku (24), there is no rest or relaxation. In a training camp RB Leipzig In Aigen, Styria, the French initially discreetly disregarded Wednesday’s order from coach Domenico Tedesco (36) to regain his strength.

Christopher Nkun’s (24) rise to become a top football star is fast and not unexpected. The French has everything you need: talent, diligence, will. And he keeps a clean head and remains humble. © Robert Michael / dp

He put an extra shift in the fitness tent next to the training area at ATV Irdning. Later, he spared neither himself nor the “French Connection” around Nordi Mukiele (24), Mohamed Simakan (22) and former Monaco player Benjamin Henrichs (25) on the table tennis table. With fun and passion, Nkunku struggled with everyone.

And it should be like that for a long time. Until recently, half of Europe pursued him. “I have made a conscious decision to extend and I am not going to leave the club next summer,” the Frenchman said at Schlosshotel Pichlarn on Thursday. The fact that Nkunku ended all speculation about a move to one of the best European clubs with his signature during the summer break was one of the biggest surprises in the transfer market.

And also the 24-year-old attacking player’s statement on Thursday that the extension of his working document to 2026 does not mean he will leave the Bundesliga club next summer with the help of an exit clause or a handshake agreement.

RB Leipzig coach Tedesco wants to get rid of players!  Team
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RB Leipzig coach Tedesco wants to get rid of players! The composition “undoubtedly” too large

The agile right foot was an outstanding figure for RB Leipzig last season, with which the Bundesliga club from Saxony took fourth place in the championship, reached the Europa League semi-finals and won the DFB Cup. Nkunku scored 32 goals and 20 assists in 52 competitive matches.

Later his league mates voted him the best rider of the season. Voting is an honor for him, Nkunku told the team hotel, but classified its significance in the usual way. “Football is primarily a team sport. I cannot win such titles on my own, so I share it with my team. “

Christopher Nkunku (24) with coach Domenico Tedesco (36).

Christopher Nkunku (24) with coach Domenico Tedesco (36). © Jan Woitas / dpa

This humility is the hallmark of the six-time French international who, despite its impressive development, has not changed much since it was first introduced to German audiences three years ago in the summer. A talent extorted from Paris Saint-Germain for € 13 million, which almost nobody outside the French Ligue 1 knew: restrained, modest, but with a clear emphasis on its development.

Every day Nkunku greets the club’s employees with a handshake. He still gives autographs, as he did on Thursday for every fan who came from Leipzig, but otherwise he is taking his career forward with the necessary seriousness, even if it means that he still trains on his days off like the day before.

Otherwise, he stays out of the spotlight, but formulates clear, ambitious goals in the several interviews he conducts. “We still have work to do here. We have already achieved a lot by winning the cup. But we want more! ” Nkunku said, looking at the team. And he still sees room for improvement: “I had a good season, but it was my first time at this level. I want to repeat that”.

RB Leipzig coach Tedesco: when he wants to talk about the contract extension
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RB Leipzig coach Tedesco: when he wants to talk about the contract extension

Whether or not Nkunku will actually stay outside of this coming summer is still open. After a successful World Cup in Qatar in the winter and another season with RB in the Bundesliga, he was able to arouse new desires that herald the end of his stay in Leipzig. Until then, all sides have the prospect of at least one more season together.

Coach Tedesco said Wednesday: “That’s the signal.” Christopher Nkunku is as important to RB as “to Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern.” Defense Chief Willi Orban (29) is also looking forward to continuing to play with one of Europe’s most wanted players. “The important thing for us is that it got longer. Not only in sports, but also because he is outstanding as a guy ”.

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