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Chelsea target Christopher Nkunku pulls the ball out of his sock during the Champions League celebration against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk as the RB Leipzig star adds to the brilliant 2022/23 record


RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku pulled a red ball from his sock to celebrate the 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Frenchman blew it up and posed for the cameras with the inflatable object pointed skyward.

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Nkunku’s celebration drew attention

It has been suggested that the celebration was a reference to ’99 Red Balloons’, a German anti-war song from the 80s.

Shakhtar, champions of Ukraine, have been greatly disrupted by the Russian invasion of their country and forced to play Champions League matches in Poland.

Meanwhile, Nkunku’s form will delight Chelsea fans ahead of a much-anticipated move to Stamford Bridge next summer.

The club are set to secure Nkunku’s services at the end of the 2022/23 season by paying more than his £52.7m release.

It is understood that the player has already undergone a medical and signed a pre-contract agreement.

And if Nkunku, who has scored 11 goals in 18 appearances this season, continues in his current form, the Blues have a gem on their hands.

Chelsea target Christopher Nkunku pulls the ball out of his sock during the Champions League celebration against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk as the RB Leipzig star adds to the brilliant 2022/23 record

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The Frenchman is on fire this season


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