RB Leipzig chief remains confident over Jean-Kevin Augustin-Leeds United dispute
RB Leipzig are not concerned by the delayed decision of the Jean-Kevin Augustin and Leeds United dispute, according to their chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff.
Augustin, 23, is currently at French side Nantes, but he is in the middle of a legal wrangle between Leeds and Leipzig.
The Whites signed him on loan from the German club in January 2020 during their Championship-winning campaign, and there was reportedly an obligation for the move to turn permanent once promotion to the Premier League was secured.
However, Leeds sent the French forward back to his parent club before they gained promotion, after the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic meant their season was extended past the terms of his agreement, and thus they refused to shell out for Augustin, claiming extenuating circumstances had nullified the deal.
Leipzig sought to fight this and in October FIFA were called in with legal action mounted, and a result was expected in March or April of this year.
Despite those dates passing, Mintzlaff told a fan video conference, relayed via Transfermarkt, that “we are still waiting for the verdict, we are very relaxed about this.”
Leipzig sound extremely confident, unless they are trying to bluff their way to the verdict.
We haven’t heard the Leeds board stance recently, but it seems unlikely anything has changed for them unless new information has come to light.
What is certain, though, is that this was an expensive mistake that has the potential to be a catastrophic disaster.
Augustin played just three times for the Whites as he struggled for form and fitness, and he was clearly a waste of a wage.
But he could end up costing the club a fortune if the German side come out on top in the courts.
According to The Athletic in December, Leipzig were demanding the full £18million that was inserted into his loan deal at Leeds.
Augustin’s reputation has spiralled further since leaving Elland Road, being relegated to the Nantes reserves in March as he battled back from long-COVID.
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