Leipzig chief in big admission over future of Liverpool target Keita

Leipzig chief in big admission over future of Liverpool target Keita

Leipzig chief in big admission over future of Liverpool target Keita

"I am not now assuming that we will be able to extend his contract prematurely", Rangnick told Sport Bild.

"It's normal when you play such a famous season that other clubs are watching us and you get interest", he said.

RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is "100 per cent" sure that Naby Keita will be playing his football at Red Bull Arena next season putting further doubt over Liverpool's chances of signing the player.

A clause in Keita's contract means that he could be available for £48m next summer and, while reiterating that the midfielder will not be sold this year, Rangnick does not expect Keita to sign an extension.

Keita's current deal runs out in 2020.

"We do not want to prove to anyone that we can create market value [by selling players], we want to be successful in sport".

Across the Bundesliga or within runners-up Leipzig's squad, Keita doesn't top a lot of rankings.

Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan have joined the race for highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, according to reports from the Italian media. "I think he is more focused than a year ago". Dembele recorded 103 take-ons to Keita's 83.

Hasenhuttl believes Keita will benefit from another season of development with Leipzig, with the experience of making his Champions League debut a crucial part of his development.

"He's more focused on us and has more fun than a year ago". He also won 82 interceptions, third-highest at Leipzig and more than any Liverpool player in the Premier League last season.

The Guinea worldwide was crucial to the fledgling club finishing second in their maiden Bundesliga season in 2016/17 and reaching the Champions League eight years after their formation.

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