It was made official yesterday. 22-year-old left-back Layvin Kurzawa completed his €25m move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain and signed a five-year contract.
This is a fantastic signing for the football club by snapping up one of France’s brightest prospects. The dynamic Frenchman is going to have big boots to fill when Maxwell calls it a day at the end of the season but he has ultimately been signed as the veteran’s successor. His task now is to try and dislodge ‘Mr Underrated’ from that left-back berth which he has consolidated for three and a half years.
Another young Frenchman in Lucas Digne found that challenge to be a burden on his career and his move to Italian giants Roma allowed for the Kurzawa deal to materialise. The new recruit is no shrinking violet. He is a confident young man who will relish this challenge. The club have paid a lot of money for him which delighted coach Laurent Blanc who was buoyed by the signing. It was LB who broke the news yesterday and went on record to thank the leaders of the club for making the transfer happen.
The player himself spoke of his pride at joining the capital club. He told PSG.fr: “I’m very happy. I’ve worked very hard to get here and today, I’m very proud. The project was the main reason that convinced me to join. Paris showed a real desire to sign me and in my opinion, you don’t turn down Paris Saint-Germain! There are a lot of big stars, a lot of very good young players, and the club continues to grow each season. Paris has big ambitions, and I share those ambitions.”
In a cruel twist of fate for fans of Monaco, he could make his debut against them at the Stade Louis II this Sunday! Will that be from the start? Doubtful, but there may be a possibility he will come off the bench. It is definitely added the spice for what will be a pulsating clash.
The lad accumulated four assists last season along with 33 key passes. He was unable to get on the scoresheet but has already done so during the early sparring of this campaign as he bagged the winner away to Nice on the opening weekend of the season. During the 13/14 campaign he netted five times!
As good as he is in attack, defensively he is not bad either. He reads the game well and notched up 79 interceptions last season along with 92 clearances. It is no fluke that Monaco had the best defensive record in the league, conceding just 26 goals (10 less than PSG).
He becomes the fifth and potentially the final arrival at the club. It remains to be seen if anymore business is done – including possible departures – but when you look at the grand scheme of things, Layvin Kurzawa and Serge Aurier are the two full-backs who are going to drive PSG on for years to come from both sides of the pitch. That is an exciting prospect!
Aurier signed on a permanent basis earlier in the summer and is now joined by his buddy. Kurzawa spoke on his friendship with Serge and claimed he was a factor in joining; “Before signing here, I spoke with my friend Serge Aurier. He also encouraged me to join Paris Saint-Germain. I also spoke with Laurent Blanc, who told me he wanted me to be a part of his squad. He found the words to quickly convince me, even if I would have signed here all the same! But that chat just confirmed I’d made the right choice”.
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