French star dumps PSG for Bundesliga giants

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.

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“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.

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The teenager added: “Taking this step abroad to one of the best and most balanced leagues in Europe is really exciting.”

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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.”

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He becomes Die Werkself’s second summer signing, following the arrival of Kerem Demirbay from Bundesliga rivals, TSG Hoffenheim.

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Speaking after the deal was sealed, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes highlighted the qualities that attracted the club to Diaby.

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“Moussa is an extremely quick, technically gifted attacker whose qualities are perfectly suited to our playing style,” he said.

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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.”

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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.

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Despite that, he was able to manage 25 league appearances for PSG, getting two goals and six assists for the French champions.

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His arrival comes after Bayer Leverkusen let go of Julian Brandt who joined another rival, Borussia Dortmund, in May.

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