Dortmund signs highly-coveted French youngster Dembele

Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele has signed a five-year contract at Borussia Dortmund.

DORTMUND, Germany —

Borussia Dortmund has signed one of Europe’s most coveted players, French teenager Ousmane Dembele.

Dortmund describes the 18-year-old Rennes forward as ”one of the most sought after football talents throughout Europe.”

Dembele has signed a five-year contract. The Bundesliga runner-up did not disclose financial details of the transfer.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says in a statement that Dembele is ”fast and dangerous in front of goal.”

The France under-19 international has scored 12 goals for seventh-place Rennes in the French league this season.

Dembele has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by Rennes official Mickael Silvestre, the former Manchester United defender who was a teammate of the Portugal forward when he arrived in England.