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Dortmund raid PSG ranks to beat Man City to the signing of France U18 captain Dan-Axel Zagadou

Goal.com logo Goal.com 05-06-2017

Borussia Dortmund have snapped up France U18 captain Dan-Axel Zagadou at the end of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 18-year-old defender was reported to be interesting Premier League heavyweights Manchester City, but has opted to continue his career in the Bundesliga.

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Zagadou becomes Dortmund’s third signing of the summer, with deals already in place for Bayer Leverkusen centre-half Omer Toprak and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.

BVB’s sporting director Michael Zorc is delighted to have completed the capture of a highly-rated prospect and is tipping him to have a bright future in Germany.

Zorc told the club’s official website: “As of July, Dan-Axel Zagadou will be a full member of our professional team.

“We are fully convinced of the abilities of the player and look forward to helping him make his next development steps as a BVB professional.”

Zagadou added on his decision to move to Dortmund: "I have deliberately opted for BVB because this big club always succeeds in integrating young players and developing them at the highest level.

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"I am really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates, seeing the imposing stadium, the famous fans and I really want to mature into an established professional footballer in Dortmund.”

Zagadou is the latest in a long line of top talents to have moved from France to Dortmund in recent times, with Ousmane Dembele and Raphael Guerreiro having thrived since treading a similar career path.

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