Player turns down chance to join Chelsea

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Chelsea have suffered a blow in the club’s pursuit of Dayot Upamecano with reports claiming the Frenchman has agreed to extend his contract at RB Leipzig.

The 21 year old defender had been strongly linked with a summer move to Chelsea with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard keen on strengthening his defence.

Upamecano’s contract was set to expire in June 2021 which meant he could have been available for a cut-price fee this summer.

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His new RB Leipzig contract reportedly has a £53million release clause, according to Daily Mail.

In June, Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff publicly offered Upamecano an ultimatum of signing a new deal or leaving.

Mintzlaff told BILD: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.

“One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.

“We cannot afford that as a club.

“So there are two options: extend or change. I am absolutely certain that we will know relatively quickly which direction we are going.”

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