RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche has spoken out against the situation regarding Leeds United and striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.

Leeds signed Augustin on a loan-to-buy basis in the January transfer window but the Frenchman’s time at Elland Road was plagued by injury and fitness issues that led to him playing just three matches and returning to Leipzig at the end of June.

The Whites agreed to sign Augustin permanently from Leipzig if they won promotion to the Premier League – which they did.

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However, the Yorkshire club has reportedly argued that there was a cut-off date in the contract and promotion was won after it due to the coronavirus pandemic holding up the season.

Krösche now expects a resolution soon from Leipzig’s legal team.

“There is a contract. Both parties in their right mind signed it and this contract applies. I hope our lawyers will solve the problem in the coming days,” said Krösche, as quoted by BBC Radio Leeds broadcaster Adam Pope via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.

“This is also about a human being. JK is a great guy. I’m sorry for him.”

Krösche’s final quote is something that both clubs need to take into account here.

Augustin is being treated like something that’s been bought off eBay when you have a buyer and a seller disputing over whether or not an item matches it’s description.

While all this is going on, Augustin’s career is on hold.

He’s still a young player who is some way off the finished article and all of this is damaging to his development for both clubs.

One of Leeds or Leipzig will have Augustin contracted to them and one of them will have a player who is less fit and perhaps not as good as the one the Whites signed in January.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been an update on this English centre-back wanted by the Whites.


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