Wolfsburg have completed the signing of French winger Paul-Georges Ntep from Rennes.
The 24-year-old, who has signed a deal until 2021 at the Volkswagen Arena, had been linked with a move to the Premier League with Swansea and Crystal Palace both reportedly interested.
Ntep, 24, signed a contract with the Wolfsburg through to 2021 with the deal finalised for an undisclosed fee.
“There are good players in Ligue 1,” Ntep, who had just six months left on his Rennes deal, told the French club’s official website. “Of course they are tempted to move to foreign leagues, because they’re attractive, especially Germany for an attacker. The standard is higher. It’s a challenge.
“You see the dimension the players who have gone there have taken. 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.”
“This summer, I didn’t have any offers that I liked,” Ntep, who scored two goals and provided five assists for Rennes in 15 Ligue 1 games this season, said. “After a serious injury, I also wanted to get back into shape in surroundings I knew. It was better to stay here. Something has come up this winter, and I think it’s very good for my career.
“The German league, with its big matches, is magical. Wolfsburg has big ambitions, with a quality infrastructure and squad. Even if their situation is a little difficult right now, they hope for better. It’s important for them to finish the season well and for me to adapt well.”
With Wolfsburg 13th in the Bundesliga, just four points above the automatic relegation places, coach Valerien Ismael will be hoping Ntep can hit the ground running.
“With Paul-Georges, we have significantly raised the quality on our flanks,” former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich defender Ismael told his club’s official website. “He’s very quick, technically accomplished and in spite of his young age, already has a lot of experience. We’re more flexible tactically with him, and our attacking play will be more difficult to counter.”