Despite playing down the likelihood of joining Paris Saint-Germain this past Saturday, Thomas Meunier has put pen to paper with the Ligue 1 champions. The right-back has been one of Belgium’s standout European Championship performers and was recently linked to both the Ligue 1 champions and Serie A runners-up Napoli.
“I have not yet decided where I will play, but I must make a choice soon,” Meunier told Le Parisien on Saturday, saying that his desire was to play regular football and not to sit on the sidelines.
However, both club and player announced that the deal had been finalised on Sunday.
“I’m very honoured to have been chosen by Paris Saint-Germain to come and strengthen a squad composed of numerous great players,” the 24-year-old told the club’s official website.
“I’m coming to Paris with a huge desire to continue my progression, to experience some very intense moments and to win titles. And I can’t wait to discover a stadium as legendary as the Parc des Princes.”
PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi also expressed his delight at the signing.
“I’m happy to welcome a player of great potential in Thomas Meunier,” Al-Khelaifi said.
“With his previous club, the Belgian champions [Club Brugge], like with his national team, Thomas has been able to demonstrate qualities that this year provoked the interest of a lot of European clubs.
“He made a strong decision to join Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he will from now on share his big ambitions.”
Meunier joins the Paris club from Club Brugge in Belgium, having made 157 first-team appearances during a five-year stint at the Belgian Pro League club.