• Doucoure moves to Gladbach on free transfer from PSG.
  • Part of France's U-17 European championship-winning side.
  • "There were lots of clubs looking to sign him."

France youth international defender Mamadou Doucoure is in good hands at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The 18-year-old recently left boyhood club Paris-Saint Germain FC to sign a five-year deal at the BORUSSIA-PARK, where he will look to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Andreas Christensen and Nico Elvedi in treading a path into the first team.

'A huge talent'

"We're delighted that Mamadou Doucoure has decided to join Borussia," said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. "He is a huge talent and there were lots of big clubs looking to sign him. With this transfer, we are continuing our tradition of bringing young players with lots of potential to the club and giving them an opportunity to take their careers to the next level."

Christensen, for one, can attest to that. The Danish defender joined Borussia on loan from Chelsea FC last summer having largely played reserve team football for his parent club, but he has swiftly become a regular with the Gladbach seniors and was even voted the club's Player of the Year by the fans. Doucoure could hardly wish for a more encouraging example.

Dakar-born Doucoure made nine appearances in the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League.

Giving youth a chance

Doucoure won the the 2015 UEFA Under-17 European Championship with France and reached the final of the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League with PSG, but has yet to play a single competitive minute of senior club football. Although currently sidelined by injury, he is unlikely to have to wait much longer to take his professional bow.

Ever-attentive Borussia know exactly how to get the best out of fledgling Foals and, with veteran defensive pair Martin Stranzl and Roel Brouwers no longer at the club, coach Andre Schubert will likely waste no time at all in blooding the newest Gladbach stablemate in the all-action world of the Bundesliga.