Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after having his Stoke contract cancelled, the Potters have announced.
The 29-year-old Cameroon international was part of the City side which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, but will now have the opportunity to play Champions League football during the new campaign.
A statement on Stoke’s official website said: “Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after his Stoke City contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
“The Cameroon international made 32 league and cup appearances for the Potters after joining the club in the summer of 2017.
“The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Maxim for his efforts and wish him well in the future.”
✍️🎙 Our first interview with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 🇨🇲 pic.twitter.com/WMoobakRp9— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 1, 2018
Hamburg-born Choupo-Moting arrived at the bet365 Stadium from Schalke in August last year and scored both goals in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester United the following month.
He scored three more times, with his last coming in his final Stoke appearance in March, when City lost 2-1 to Everton.
Choupo-Moting told his new club’s website: “I am extremely honoured to be signing for this big European club.
“I will be playing with some extraordinary team-mates and I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere at the Parc des Princes.”
Thilo Kehrer had a debut to forget for Paris Saint-Germain in their 3-1 win over Angers on Saturday, but boss Thomas Tuchel is still high on the young German.
The 21-year-old conceded a penalty to Angers before being replaced at the break, bringing an end to a less than stellar first outing for a talent who commanded a €37 million price tag in the summer.
“It’s a bit miserable for him, but it’s not a problem because it’s important that he adapts to a new system and I remain confident in him. He will improve.”
See Tuchel’s full comments on Kehrer in the video below.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be rested from the team’s next two games, with Alphonse Areola set to start against Angers and Nimes.
Buffon, who arrived from Juventus on a free transfer this summer, started in PSG’s first three games of the season, the Trophee des Champions win over Monaco as well as Ligue 1 victories over Caen and Guingamp.
However, the 40-year-old is suspended for the first three games of the Champions League this season following the ban he earned last season when protesting a penalty award as Juve were knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
Thus, Areola will get two games to regain full match fitness ahead of the team’s European opener, which will take place on either September 18 or 19.
“Alphonse will play against Angers and Nimes,” Tuchel explained. “After that, we will see. I am not making any long-term decisions – Alphonse needs to play.
“Gianluigi has put in three magnificent performances, so I am not dropping him. Rather, it is important in this preparatory phase that Alphonse is given a chance to play and that he adapts to the team.”