Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the transfer of Thilo Kehrer to the capital club, from FC Schalke 04. The German defender has signed a five-year contract and is now tied to the French champions until 30 June 2023.
The 21-year-old native of Tübingen, near Stuttgart, is considered one of the most promising German players of his generation. A regular youth international since 2012, the versatile player currently captains Germany U-21, for whom he has made nine appearances. In 2017 he won the U-21 EURO in Poland with Die Mannschaft.
For his club side Schalke 04, Thilo Kehrer debuted in the Bundesliga on 6 February 2016, before making a place for himself in the side and making 59 appearances (4 goals), in all competitions over the next two seasons. During the 2017-18, Thilo emerged as one of the key players in his side, as Schalke finished second in the Bundesliga.
“It is with much joy and ambition that I have signed for Paris Saint-Germain, today, declared Thilo Kehrer after signing his contract. Everyone in Europe knows how strong and exciting the Paris Saint-Germain project is and I couldn’t think of a better club for me to continue my progression and reach my objectives. I am going to meet some extraordinary teammates and work with a coach that has done a great job in Germany in recent years. Everyone is going to be important in helping me and I in turn hope to help the team with my qualities. I also can’t wait to play at the Parc des Princes, a legendary stadium in European football.”
“We are very happy to welcome a player with the quality of Thilo Kehrer into our squad, said Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. During his career, Thilo has learnt to play different formations and in different positions, in defence and in midfield, and will offer a number of solutions to the coach, who already knows the player very well. Several big clubs were chasing his signature, and he chose Paris Saint-Germain to continue his climb through the ranks of European football. This transfer is in keeping with our policy of producing, and attracting, the talented stars of tomorrow, with the aim of helping them improve alongside great and experienced players.”