Oliver Burke has signed a contract with Leipzig until the sumer of 2021. - © © imago
Oliver Burke has signed a contract with Leipzig until the sumer of 2021. - © © imago

Leizpig sign Scotland international Burke from Nottingham Forest

RB Leipzig have further bolstered their squad before the transfer window closes on Wednesday (31 August) by recruiting highly-rated Scotland international Oliver Burke from English Championship side Nottingham Forest FC.

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The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract, with the club announcing his transfer just minutes after the final whistle in their first-ever Bundesliga match, Sunday evening’s 2-2 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

'The facilities are world-class'

"RB Leipzig wanted me and expressed a real hunger for me to join them," said the Kirkcaldy native. "The technical expertise and the facilities at the club are world-class, as are the staff. [Sporting director] Ralf Rangnick was a huge part of my decision to choose Leipzig over a number of other interested clubs in the UK and Europe. They have a desire to be one of the top clubs in Europe and I'm excited to be part of that and start the next chapter in my footballing career."

A sought-after talent

"We're particularly delighted about signing Burke, as a number of top clubs were interested in him,” said Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick. “He’s a top talent and has already won two caps for Scotland at senior level.”

Burke, who usually plays on the right of midfield but can operate on either flank, made his Forest debut in September 2014 and became a regular in the first team this season. He scored four goals in five appearances in the Championship, the last as recently as Saturday in a 3-1 win over Leeds United FC. The midfielder made his senior debut for Scotland on 29 March 2016 in a 1-0 win against Denmark.