PSG signs Poland star midfielder Krychowiak to five-year deal
PARIS (AP) — French champion Paris Saint-Germain has signed Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Spanish club Sevilla on a five-year deal, the second signing for new coach Unai Emery.
The 26-year-old Krychowiak was one of Poland's best players as it reached the European Championship quarterfinals, losing to Portugal on penalty kicks.
"I'm coming to Paris to experience strong emotions and to win as many trophies as possible," Krychowiak said. "This new challenge in my career promises to be a passionate one."
No financial details were given, but Krychowiak had three years left on his existing contract.
He also played for two seasons under Emery at Sevilla, winning the Europa League twice.
The combative central midfielder previously played in the French league for Reims, Nantes and Bordeaux.
"It's with great pride that I come back to France to wear the jersey of a club that's as ambitious as Paris Saint-Germain," he said. "Working alongside Unai Emery again obviously counted in my decision."
He has scored two goals in 38 international appearances for Poland.
On Friday, PSG signed winger Hatem Ben Arfa from Nice on a two-year deal.
During an interview with Le Parisien newspaper in May, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi praised the fighting spirit and tactical nous shown by Sevilla during its Europa League campaign.
"I'm very happy that Grzegorz Krychowiak is joining us. He's played very well over the past two seasons for Sevilla, especially in Europe," Al-Khelaifi said. "Grzegorz represents the values of rigor and combativeness that are dear to the club, to the fans and to our new coach."
Krychowiak's arrival could push Thiago Motta to the bench. The 33-year-old midfielder played mainly as a substitute for Italy at Euro 2016.
Krychowiak is likely to play in a midfield three alongside Italy starlet Marco Verratti and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
"He is without doubt going to be an important member of our squad," Al-Khelaifi said.
Emery replaced Laurent Blanc, who was sacked on Monday.