Ibrahima Konate speaks for first time after ‘exciting’ Liverpool transfer

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Liverpool have confirmed the £36m signing of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. The 22-year-old has agreed a long-term contract and has spoken for the first time since the club announced his arrival.

Konate will join Liverpool on July 1, subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process.

He’s finalised terms and passed a medical, so his Anfield arrival should face no difficulties in the final stages.

The France under-21 international is Jurgen Klopp’s first acquisition of the summer, as Liverpool look to reclaim their Premier League crown next season.

Their title defence collapsed throughout the 2020/21 campaign, primarily due to Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury, which kept him out for the majority.

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Speaking to the official club website, Konate expressed his delight at joining Liverpool and described his move as a new chapter.

He said: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family, and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition, I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world, and that gives me a great feeling.

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Konate also took time to thank his associates at RB Leipzig, where he has shot into prominence since joining from his home country in 2017.

“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point,” Konate added.

“But I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.

“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”

Konate spent four years with Leipzig in the Bundesliga, making 95 appearances for Die Roten Bullen.

He also garnered Champions League experiences during his time in Germany, making eight appearances in Europe’s elite competition.

After graduating through Sochaux’s academy, he made his breakthrough in French football and has gone on to earn 12 caps for the nation at under-21 level.

His squad number hasn’t yet been confirmed by Liverpool, but he will undoubtedly be a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s plans next term.

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