Dayot Upamecano will extend his contract with RB Leipzig and stay with the club for the coming season, according to reports in Germany.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 21: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig jumps for a header with Tin Jedvaj and Sergio Cordova of FC Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg at Red Bull Arena on December 21, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig jumps for a header on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Sport Buzzer report that Dayot Upamecano will extend his contract with RB Leipzig. He doesn’t plan to run down his contract to leave for free, and will stay in Germany for at least one more season.

The German outlet also reports he may already have signed.

The player will still have a release clause, as he did in his previous deal. But it’s obviously a blow to any club hoping to snap him up on a free next summer.

Arsenal were reportedly one of the clubs who might consider that option.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JULY 21: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig poses during the team presentation at RBL-Fussball-Akademie on July 21, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Roger Petzsche/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – JULY 21: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig poses during the team presentation at RBL-Fussball-Akademie on July 21, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Roger Petzsche/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Gunners put in a substantial bid for Upamecano late last summer, so they’d presumably also hold an interest if they could bring him in for just a signing-on fee.

Instead, Upamecano will remain with Leipzig.

Perhaps this is for the best, given Arsenal will hope they’ll be a more appealing prospect next summer.

For now, it might be hard to convince Upamecano to drop down to Europa League football – if Mikel Arteta’s side even manage to make that.

At the moment, they don’t have any European football to offer anyone.

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