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Man United's main centre-back target Upamecano insists he's 'in no hurry' to leave Leipzig

Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano insists he is ‘in no hurry’ to leave RB Leipzig despite continued speculation linking the defender with a move away from the Bundesliga side.

Upamecano has established himself as one of the most promising young defenders in world football since moving to Leipzig three years ago, playing an influential role in the club’s surprise run to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

The Frenchman has attracted interest from several of Europe’s leading clubs and recent speculation has linked Manchester United with a move for the 21-year-old, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to strengthen his backline and find a long-term partner to club captain Harry Maguire.

Upamecano, however, insists he is in no rush to leave the German outfit having penned a new deal earlier this summer, though the centre-back did reveal that transfer talks have been held with interested parties.

“I extended my contract with Leipzig because I feel good with my team-mates,” Upamecano told the media ahead of France’s game against Sweden.

“My coach is giving me confidence. He’s learning as well, but he gives me confidence and it improves my level.

“I’ve been in Leipzig for more than three years, I feel good. I’ve been in demand, I talked to some clubs, it’s true, but I’m not in a hurry.

“We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Upamecano’s new contract possesses a release clause that will become active at the end of the upcoming season, and Sky Sports are reporting that it is unlikely the defender will head to Old Trafford during the current transfer window.

Bayern Munich are believed to be long-term admirers of the player and are expected to make their move for the youngster next summer, the reigning European champions tipped to activate Upamecano’s reported release clause of around £40m.

Read – Six of the most in-demand centre-backs in European Football this summer

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