He did not miss his farewell with the Bundesliga. Before joining Chelsea next summer, Christopher Nkunku, author this Saturday of a double, his 4th this season, against Schalke 04 (4-2), offers himself the title of top scorer of the championship tied with the striker of Werder Bremen Niclas Füllkrug. A convincing performance for the 25-year-old Leipzig player, sidelined for 9 games due to injury.
However, the former Parisian is not yet on vacation. On June 3, he will play in the final of the German Cup, a competition already won in 2022. In the opposite camp, he will meet Randal Kolo Muani, credited with 15 goals in the Bundesliga. Since this autumn, the history of the two internationals has been intimately linked. Withdrew from the 2022 World Cup due to a knee injury contracted in training on the eve of the departure to Qatar, Nkunku had, then, been replaced by the star of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Missed appointment in March 2023
On June 9, the date of the start of the gathering of the Blues for the matches against Gibraltar and Greece, in the qualifiers of Euro 2024, they will be present in Clairefontaine. According to our information, Nkunku will indeed appear in the list communicated this Wednesday, May 31 by Didier Deschamps. His last appearance with Les Bleus, where he has 8 caps, dates back to September 25, 2022 against Denmark.
He was tipped to be called up for the March matches against the Netherlands (4-0) and Ireland, but a small muscle tear in the left thigh contracted against Dortmund on March 3 had postponed his return to later.
There are not many French people to have finished top scorer abroad. Before Nkunku, there was Michel Platini (from 1983 to 1985), David Trezeguet (2002), Thierry Henry (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006), Nicolas Anelka (2009), or more recently Karim Benzema (2022).