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Liverpool sign combative defender Konate from RB Leipzig


Liverpool Konate Leipzig

Liverpool on Friday completed the signing of centre-back Ibrahima Konate from German outfit RB Leipzig on a long-term contract which would begin from July 1.

The Anfield club confirmed that it has reached an agreement with Leipzig to pay Konate’s £36m release clause and his signing is subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Liverpool Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

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“The 22-year-old defender has agreed a long-term contract with the Reds from July 1, subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process, after finalising terms and passing a medical.

Reacting to the signing, Konate told “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

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“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.

“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.

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“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”

Konate made 21 appearances for Leipzig this season including eight Bundesliga starts having made 95 overall appearances and scored four goals.