Borussia have agreed to extend defender Mamadou Doucouré’s contract, which was previously due to expire in 2021.
“He’s an important player and we really believe in his talent. He can, and should become an important player for us in the future,” said Borussia’s Sporting Director, Max Eberl. “Since his contract was due to expire at the end of next season, we wanted to clarify the situation for both parties. He’s an option for our defence and he has the chance to continue developing at his own pace.”
Doucouré has been at the club since July 2016; however he is still yet to make his first professional appearance for the first team. The 21-year-old has had to deal with numerous muscular injuries throughout his young career. Doucouré made his debut in a Borussia kit back in November 2018 for the U23s in the Regionalliga West, and has made seven appearances for them so far this season. The centre back was also listed in Marco Rose’s match day squad for the UEFA Europa League group stage game against Istanbul Başakşehir FK (1-1), as well as the 5-1 win over FC Augsburg on Bundesliga Matchday seven. However, the 21-year-old is still yet to appear in a competitive match for the first team, having only taken part in friendlies.
U17 European Champion
The Senegalese native grew up in Paris, moving from Paris FC to Paris St. Germain at the age of 13. Doucouré formed a key part of the defence as France became U17 European Champions back in 2015. The defender has made a total of 32 appearances for the French youth teams, ranging from the U16s to the U18s.
Doucouré also went on to lead PSG’s U19s to the final of the UEFA Youth League as captain of the side back in 2015/16. He missed just three matches throughout the course of the competition, playing every single minute of the final seven matches. The French side just fell short in the final, losing 2-1 against Chelsea FC. Doucouré was also named in the PSG senior squad for the first time in that same season, failing to make an appearance.