Ligue 1 defending champions Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Thilo Kehrer from Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

The 21-year-old German defender signed a 5-year deal with the club which runs until June 30, 2023, with the transfer fee is reported to be €37 million

Speaking about the move, President of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “We are very pleased to welcome to our club a player of the quality of Thilo Kehrer. Over the course of his career, Thilo has learned to play in different game systems and at different positions, both in defence and midfield, which will offer many options to our coach, who knows him very well. 

“Several big clubs wanted him and it was at Paris Saint-Germain that he made the strong choice to continue his ascent in European football. His coming is part of our strategy to train and attract the greatest talents of tomorrow in international football, with the ambition to make them progress alongside great players very experienced. “

The young defender, a native of Stuttgart, Thilo Kehrer is considered as one of the most promising German talents of the new generation. Regularly adjusted in the youth squad since 2012, he currently captains the Germany U-21.

The versatile defender made his debut for Schalke in the Bundesliga on 6 February 2016. The next two seasons he amassed a total of 59 matches and scored 4 goals in all competitions for the German side. The previous season, the 21-year-old was one of the key players on the Schalke side which 2nd in the Bundesliga.

Now, Kehrer joins the French champions for a new challenge and will wear the no.4 shirt for the coming season.

Thilo Kehrer said: “It is with a lot of emotions and ambitions that I join Paris Saint-Germain today.  Throughout Europe, the strength and attractiveness of the Paris project are known to everyone. Nowhere else, I could not imagine finding a better club to continue my progress and achieve my goals.”

“I am going to meet here teammates of an extraordinary level and a coach who has done a very good job in Germany these last years. All will bring me a lot and I also hope to quickly bring them my qualities! I am also eager to discover the Parc des Princes, one of the legendary stadiums of European football. ” 

Kehrer becomes just the 2nd major signing of the summer for PSG after the arrival of Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer from Juventus.

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