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

The highly-rated defender has opted to leave his homeland and head to the Bundesliga after reaching the end of his contract at Parc des Princes

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.