Wolfsburg's new signing, Paul-Georges Ntep, hopes to be a Bundesliga smash hit. - © © imago
Wolfsburg's new signing, Paul-Georges Ntep, hopes to be a Bundesliga smash hit. - © © imago

Ntep wants to follow Ribery and Aubameyang example

Paul-Georges Ntep wants to join the likes of FC Bayern München star Franck Ribery and Borussia Dortmund duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele on the Bundesliga's list of successful imports from France.

The pacy France international forward signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with VfL Wolfsburg on Monday to become the latest talent to swap Ligue 1 for the German top flight.

Ribery, Aubameyang and Dembele, who played alongside Ntep at Stade Rennais FC last season, have all flourished in the Bundesliga, and the Wolves' latest addition is determined to follow their lead.

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"You see the dimension the players who have gone there have taken," Ntep told Rennes' official website in a parting interview. "I'm thinking of Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribery…attacking players like me. It's a great opportunity that has presented itself. Everything is set for me to take a step up."

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But for a shin injury that required surgery last season, Ntep may have been in the France squad that finished runners-up at UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil last summer. Ironically, that problem gave Dembele the opportunity to shine in Brittany and earn himself the move to Dortmund he secured last summer.

After a first half of the French season in which Ntep played 15 times for Rennes, scoring twice and providing five assists, the former AJ Auxerre prodigy now has his sights trained on easing Wolfsburg up the table.

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"The German league, with its big matches, is magical. Wolfsburg has big ambitions, with quality infrastructure and squad. Even if their situation is a little difficult right now, they hope for better," he explained with his new club 13th after the Hinrunde, just four points above the automatic relegation places.

"It's important for them to finish the season well and for me to adapt well."