Football Today, June 23, 2022: Christopher Nkunku extends his stay at RB Leipzig

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Nkunku extends his stay in Leipzig

In-demand striker Christopher Nkunku has signed a new contract with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

As a hammer blow for his suitors, the 24-year-old Frenchman put pen to paper on a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with Nkunku in recent months after scoring 35 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions last season.

Speaking about his new contract, Nkunku said: “I’m delighted to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt.

“It was clear to me that my time here is not over yet. We want more! I was really impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me.

“RB Leipzig have made a name for themselves internationally in recent years and we have repeatedly confirmed that we can compete for titles. In the future, we want to build on this.”

There is some hope for the Premier League trio, however, as Nkunku is said to have a £51.6million release clause which will be activated next summer.

Clasico dates confirmed

Real Madrid will entertain Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the next LaLiga campaign on October 16, it has been confirmed.

The reverse fixture at Barca’s Camp Nou is scheduled for March 19, with Xavi’s men hoping to close the gap to their rivals in 2022-23.

Champions League winners Madrid won the Spanish title by 13 points last season and Carlo Ancelotti’s side are favorites to retain their crown.

Nagelsmann praises Mane

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is delighted with the “altruistic” attitude of his new signing Sadio Mane.

The 30-year-old former Liverpool winger completed his £35m move to the Bundesliga champions yesterday and has already impressed his new boss with his openness about where he will play.

Nagelsmann said: “From the first conversation he made a very selfless impression, which is extraordinary for a player with such a big name.

“He said, quite modestly, that he can imagine himself in any position. It’s rare to experience that in a first conversation, that a player puts himself completely at the service of the club and the coach. .

“It made our urge to get the signing on the line even bigger.”

Charged pair of blades

Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie (both right) have been charged by police

Two Sheffield United players have been charged following violent scenes after their league semi-final against Nottingham Forest in May.

Thousands of fans poured onto the pitch at the City Ground after Forest beat the contest in a penalty shootout, with visiting striker Billy Sharp assaulted by a home supporter.

Now, Blades duo Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie are the subject of allegations by police, although it’s not yet clear what exactly the charges amount to.

A statement from Sheffield United read: “Both players voluntarily engaged in interviews with Nottinghamshire Police following the game which saw team-mate Billy Sharp assaulted in the chaos that followed the kick-off. final whistle.

“Brewster and McBurnie vigorously deny the charges against them.”

Germany adjusts gender decision

Transgender and non-binary players in Germany can now decide for themselves whether to play men’s or women’s football.

The DFB also confirmed that the decision was included in the match regulations for amateurs, juniors and futsal regulations.

A statement explained: “Basically, this decision says that players with a personal character [gender] status which is “miscellaneous” or “no reference” and players who change gender can decide for themselves whether they will obtain eligibility to play in a men’s or women’s team.

“This is also the case for transgender footballers who can now change teams at a time they decide or can stay with the team they played for.”

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