Rheinische Post reports that Borussia Mönchengladbach are to trigger a clause in Manu Koné’s contract that will keep him at the club until 2026.
The clause was inserted into Koné’s contract when he joined the club in 2021, meaning Gladbach could extend his contract by a year if they wished.
The triggering of the clause now means Gladbach are in no rush to sell Koné next summer and can now even demand more money for the 22-year-old than they would have received this previous summer if he had departed the club. Last week, it was reported that Koné was being monitored by Bayern Munich. This report could be part of the reasoning behind the triggering of the clause.
It has previously been reported that Liverpool were interested in Koné and if it was not for his knee injury suffered during the under-21 Euros he may have joined the Premier League side. It is unknown whether Liverpool will try again for Koné in the future having signed other midfield players in the summer.
The aforementioned knee injury has greatly impacted Koné’s playing time this season. The 22-year-old has only started one game for Gladbach against RB Leipzig and has struggled for game time and confidence since.
GGFN | Jack Meenan