Central defender Dayot Upamecano commits to Salzburg until 2018

With the signing of Dayot Upamecano, FC Red Bull Salzburg have been able to attract another top talent to Salzburg who was wanted around Europe. The 16-year-old central defender has signed a contract running until 30 May 2018.

Dayot Upamecano, who will play for the Red Bulls with the number four on his back, is joining from the under-19 team of French second-division side FC Valenciennes. This year he was part of the French team who won the European under-17 championship in Bulgaria (beating Germany 4-1 in the final).

Christoph Freund, head of football at FC Red Bull Salzburg, is delighted about the new signing, saying:

“Dayot decided to join us despite getting offers from some top European clubs. That makes us very proud and shows that we have already made a name for ourselves internationally in the field of developing talent. He has enormous potential, and we are sure that he will settle in quickly with us.”


  • Date of birth: 27.10.1998
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: French
  • Position: Central defender
  • Previous club: FC Valenciennes under-19s
  • 2015 U17 European champion