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Christopher Nkunku ‘excited’ to work under Mauricio Pochettino after Chelsea signing speaks to PSG players

The Frenchman has signed a six-year-deal at Stamford Bridge after his move from RB Leipzig was made official

23 June 2023

hristopher Nkunku has revealed his excitement to work with Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea, after speaking to players who have previously played under him.

The 25-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge was officially confirmed earlier this week, joining from RB Leipzig on a six-year-deal for a fee in the region of £53million.

Nkunku signed a pre-contract agreement in December, when Chelsea were managed by Graham Potter, but it will be Pochettino in the dugout when the Frenchman makes his first appearance for the club.

While he has not yet had a conversation with his new manager, Nkunku revealed he has discussed Pochettino with some of the PSG players the Argentine managed during his time in France.

“I have not had a chance to speak to him, not yet,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“I spoke to some of my friends from Paris about him a little bit. I speak about him a little bit with some of the players. They told me that he’s a very good coach and I’m excited to work with him.”

Pochettino will hope Nkunku can hit the ground running in west London and help address the woes Chelsea had this term in front of goal, a weakness that led to them finishing 12th in the Premier League.

While he has no European football to look forward to next season, Nkunku explained that the opportunity to develop on and off the pitch was behind his decision to join Chelsea.

“I think the project was good for me,” he said.

“It is a good project for me to develop myself as a player and a man also. And this is a good city, after all, and for sure I want to improve in football and I want to win trophies and improve myself also.

“So I think this is a good project for me at this moment. This is a good project, for sure.”

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