PARIS (AP) — French champion Paris Saint-Germain signed defender Thilo Kehrer on Thursday from German club Schalke to a five-year contract.

PSG gave no financial details but Kehrer reportedly cost 37 million euros ($42 million).

The 21-year-old German helped Schalke finish second in the Bundesliga last season. He also helped Germany's under-21 team win last year's European Championship.

Kehrer is seen as an eventual replacement for 33-year-old central defender Thiago Silva, who has been with PSG since 2012.

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He will be working under German coach Thomas Tuchel, who is bringing more young players into the team.

"I am going to meet some extraordinary teammates and work with a coach that has done a great job in Germany in recent years," Kehrer said.

NDOYE RETURNS

Cheikh Ndoye has returned to former club Angers on loan from second-division English team Birmingham.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has made 27 international appearances for Senegal, joined Birmingham last year on a three-year deal.

He played 40 games last season, but with Birmingham reportedly under pressure to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, he was loaned out.

Ndoye captained Angers from 2015-17.

Last weekend, Angers opened its first-division campaign with a 4-3 loss to Nimes at home.

LABORDE JOINS MONTPELLIER

Montpellier signed versatile forward Gaetan Laborde from league rival Bordeaux.

The 24-year-old Laborde can play as a central striker, in a supporting role behind the striker, or on both flanks.

He was out of favor with Bordeaux coach Gus Poyet last season.

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