Youssoufa Moukoko is keen to commit his future to Borussia Dortmund by signing a new contract after making his World Cup debut for Germany.
Moukoko has scored a team-high six Bundesliga goals this season, making 14 appearances for BVB – eight of them from the start – during a breakthrough campaign.
However, the forward’s contract with Dortmund expires at the end of the season, and interest in him is likely to increase after he became the youngest German player to make a World Cup appearance in Wednesday’s surprise defeat to Japan (aged 18 years and three days).
Moukoko’s second-half introduction also made him the youngest player to make a World Cup appearance overall since Nigeria’s Femi Opabunmi against England in 2002 (aged 17 years, 101 days).
Despite speculation linking him with a move, Moukoko has outlined his desire to pen a new deal with Edin Terzic’s men, telling RND: “I get the confidence of the coach, Edin is like a father to me.
“I feel very comfortable in Dortmund, I know the environment, my friends are there.
“I love the club, the fans love me, I hope. Not everyone can say that about themselves. I would really like to stay in Dortmund, I have everything there.”
18 – Aged 18 years and 3 days, Youssoufa Moukoko is the youngest German player ever to appear in a World Cup match and the youngest player in 20 years to feature in a World Cup (12 June 2002: Nigeria’s Femi Opabunmi vs England, 17 years, 101 days). Gold.
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However, the absence of Sebastien Haller – who has undergone treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in July – may have contributed to Moukoko’s increased involvement, and the teenager wants to be certain of his place in Dortmund’s long-term plans.
“You will see what that means for me. I want to know exactly what the club intends to do with me in the future,” he added.
“I want to develop further and without games, I just can’t develop. I don’t want my development to stop again. I think that’s quite normal because that perspective is important to me.”