RB Leipzig are not done stripping the satellite teams with the signing of Red Bull Salzburg star midfielder Amadou Haidara. The 20-year old Mali international has signed a deal that will keep him in the Bundesliga through 2023.
“We are delighted to have signed Amadou,” said manager Ralf Rangnick. “We’ve been following his progress in Salzburg, as he’s grown into an absolutely exceptional talent there. There aren’t too many players of his age who have so much potential. He has all the capabilities to follow in Naby Keita’s footsteps.”
While the move was expected, speculation was that it may not happen during the January transfer window. That is due to the injury that will keep him out for at least another few weeks. The ligament damage to his knee will require him to get back up to speed and fit into the team’s system. Currently, there are injuries all across the midfield with players like Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg.
Haidara joined Red Bull Salzburg in July of 2017, scoring 6 goals and notching 12 assists over 48 games in the Austrian Bundesliga. In Europe he has been equally impressive, scoring three goals in 18 games in the Europa League.
“Of course it’s a shame that he won’t be able to play for a bit due to injury,” said Rangnick. “But we hope he’ll be back to full fitness soon, and will be able to play a part in the second half of the season.”
Haidara is the second player to join the team from Red Bull affiliates during this window. American Tyler Adams from New York Red Bulls will begin play in January as well, strengthening the middle of the field. Currently RB Leipzig are in third place but the Bundesliga is incredibly competitive this year. Rangnick is hoping to hold on to Champions League qualification heading into 2019-20 to keep some of the top players that make the team so dynamic.