Celtic's Champions League rivals Leipzig announce deadline day signing from PSG

By Dave Flanigan

September 1, 2022

Celtic’s Champions League Group F rivals RB Leipzig have announced the loan signing of defender Abdou Diallo from Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Borussia Dortmund centre half joins Domenico Tedesco’s side on a season long loan with a €25million option to buy, after struggling heavily for game time with the Ligue 1 champions last season. [Fabrizio Romano]

Upon Abdou’s announcement, Leipzig’s Technical Director Chrstopher Vivell said (translated using DeepL Translate): “With Diallo, we have been able to win over a player who can play in all three positions in the three-man backline as well as at left-back.

“Abdou is strong in two feet and headers, fast, good at building up play and brings a lot of experience. He has a great character and will therefore be able to fit into the team quickly. With his signing, we now have a very balanced squad in all parts of the team.”

The Senegal international made 75 appears in three years in Paris, and offers utility in multiple positions for last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, as he can deputise at left-back and defensive midfield if necessary.

He joins Timo Werner, who returned to the club after a difficult spell in the Premier League with Chelsea, as well as David Raum and Xaver Schlager who arrived this summer from Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg respectively.

It’s another boost in defence for Tedesco’s side after Croatian centre half Josko Gvardiol committed his long-term future to the club, signing a contract extension lasting until 2027, despite heavy links to Chelsea this summer.

With German international central defender Lukas Klostermann out long term with a ruptured Achilles, it’s little surprise that Leipzig have gone into the market in this position.

Leipzig are no strangers to Celtic, the clubs faced off in the Europa League group stages in 2018-19, and return with a familiar face amongst the coaching staff, to boot.

Ange Postecoglou’s side face a double header against the German outfit at the start of October, facing off at the Red Bull Arena on the 5th of October, with the return leg in Paradise a mere six days later.

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