Kylian Mbappe’s French compatriot and team-mate at Paris Saint-Germain, Moussa Diaby, has completed a move to Bundesliga giants, Bayer Leverkusen.
The 19-year-old sensation has joined the 2002 Champions League finalists in a deal reported to have cost £11 million.
Diaby, who enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Ligue 1 champi0ns in the 2018/19 season, has signed a five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen.
“I’m delighted to have the chance to gain momentum at a top German club and to develop my game further,” Diaby told the official Leverkusen website.
The teenager added: “Taking this step abroad to one of the best and most balanced leagues in Europe is really exciting.”
Diaby went on to state: “I’m very curious about Germany, especially the football and the amazing stadiums. And obviously it’s great to be in the Champions League with Leverkusen too.”
He becomes Die Werkself’s second summer signing, following the arrival of Kerem Demirbay from Bundesliga rivals, TSG Hoffenheim.
Speaking after the deal was sealed, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes highlighted the qualities that attracted the club to Diaby.
“Moussa is an extremely quick, technically gifted attacker whose qualities are perfectly suited to our playing style,” he said.
Rolfes added: “He’s only 19 but he’s already developed well. He made 34 competitive appearances last season, which is a remarkable amount at a top club like PSG.”
A former midfielder of the club for 10 years between 2005 and 2015, Rolfes stated Diaby has the potential to become a top-class player.
“He’s one of France’s most talented players and he’s got the ideal conditions here in Leverkusen to develop into an absolutely top-class player,” Rolfes stated on the club website.
Diaby would have had to compete again with Neymar, Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and former Schalke favourite Julian Draxler for a wide attacking berth at the Parc des Princes as he did in the 2018/19 campaign.
Despite that, he was able to manage 25 league appearances for PSG, getting two goals and six assists for the French champions.
His arrival comes after Bayer Leverkusen let go of Julian Brandt who joined another rival, Borussia Dortmund, in May.
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