After reports regarding Youssoufa Moukoko’s salary expectations over a new contract at Borussia Dortmund, the 18-year-old hit back at Bild via an Instagram story on Friday.
Writing on the social media platform, Moukoko said: “A little about myself – please don’t believe everything that’s in the newspaper! I know it’s all part of the football business now, but even though I’m still young, I don’t let myself be pressured into making decisions about my future. I will never accept a lie like that about me.”
The Germany international then added: “My full focus is on the second half of the season and it’s about Borussia Dortmund. No player is bigger than the club. I am and will never be bigger than the club and in the end I’m only a small part of it. It’s really sad that you can bring something like that out into the world these days so that you have the wrong image of me, it’s really, really a shame because I’m still shocked by the report.”
Moukoko and Dortmund have been at a standstill regarding a new contract at the club, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2023. This has garnered interest from several clubs including Chelsea who Moukoko could make an agreement in January to join in the summer when his contract expires.
The striker has experienced a breakthrough season as he has made himself Dortmund’s striker in the absence of Sébastien Haller, scoring six goals and creating three in the Bundesliga this season. His form also earned him a call-up to the Germany squad for the World Cup where he made a very brief appearance in Germany’s 2-1 loss to Japan in the opening group stage.
GGFN | Jack Meenan