The Cameroonian defender was officially presented last week to his new club.
Joel Matip is officially part of the Reds in recent days. The now former central defender of Schalke 04 was presented at Anfield (home of Liverpool) on 1 July 2016. And obviously, the Cameroonian international does not regret his choice. “Liverpool is a great team. And it’s not bad as I also know the coach (Jurgen Klopp, former coach of Borussia Dortmund Ed), “he blurted out in his first statements.
While recognizing that the decision to leave Schalke was difficult to take, Matip is now set on the future. He knows his coach relies on him. “I have the feeling that the club and the manager are ideal for me. This is a great coach, his club results speak for themselves. I am happy to work with him. He asked me to develop my qualities and work to play an important role this season, ” said the footballer who played 40 games last season for 3 goals.
This statement is meaningful when you go poking around some clauses of the 24-year-old’s contract. Free of any commitment after the end of his lease at Schalke, the former resident of the Bundesliga has signed a 4-season contract with the 8th in the ranking of the last Premier League championship. Some media had reported that Liverpool had not paid anything to take the 24-year-old player.
This is not totally true. Joel Matip was entitled to 4.9 million euros (3 billion 203 million FCFA) signing bonus. During his tenure with the Reds, the younger brother of Marvin Matip will receive an annual salary estimated at 7.2 million euros, or a little more than 4.5 billion FCFA. He becomes the highest paid Cameroonian footballer ahead of Samuel Eto’o (€ 4 million) and Stéphane Mbia (€ 3 million)….