Eintracht Frankfurt’s squad development has seen another piece of the jigsaw added with the announcement that they have secured the signing of defender Aurèle Amenda for next season. Here we take a closer look at the 20-year-old Youngs Boys centre back……
The Adler were busy in the winter transfer window that recently closed signing midfielder Donny van de Beek, strikers Sasa Kalajdzic and Hugo Ekitike, as well as attacking youngster Jean-Mattéo Bahoya. The club from the Main however are not resting on their laurels and have now revealed that Swiss U21 international Aurèle Amenda will be joining their roster for the 2024/25 Bundesliga season.
Amenda progressed from the youth ranks at Young Boys to make his Super League debut in the 2021/22 season where he made two starts and two substitute appearances. Having impressed, he made 16 appearances last season (11 as a starter) as Raphaël Wicky’s side won both the league and cup double.
The 20-year-old is a pacey and tall centre back, whose 1m 97 frame sees him dominate in the air. He has garnered a reputation for his tackling, and has the ability to bring the ball out from the back to instigate the play. Despite his tender years he is cool under pressure and has the self-confidence to extricate himself from tight situations and is already showing excellent leadership skills.
Frankfurt are reported to be paying between €8 and €10 million for him with added bonuses on top of that. Amenda has signed a contract at the Deutsche Bank Park until 2029 and will add to the defensive options open to coach Dino Toppmöller next season. English side Leeds United and Italians Atalanta had also reportedly been chasing the Swiss youngster, so Eintracht have done well to secure his services.
What they’re saying:
Markus Krösche (sporting director):“Aurèle is a highly talented player who gained international experience at a young age. He is fast and very strong in the air, and he also has a good game structure. Aurèle also fits in perfectly with our team as a person.”
Aurèle Amenda: “The German Bundesliga is a dream for many players. I’m really pleased that a club as rich in tradition as Eintracht Frankfurt is relying on me. Until the end of the season, my focus will be on the Young Boys. After a Swiss championship title and a cup victory, I will do everything I can to ensure that we can celebrate together with the fans at the end of this season.”