Liverpool target Naby Keita 'staying' at RB Leipzig

Jul 31, 2017, 00:27
Liverpool target Naby Keita 'staying' at RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig have slammed the door on selling Keita to Liverpool this summer, despite the Reds being willing to pay big money for the Guinea midfielder and claims the player himself is keen to move to Anfield.

The Reds have seen two offers rejected, the last of which was worth a whopping £66m.

Liverpool have since ended their pursuit for the 22-year-old this summer, but that hasn't stopped Klopp from seeing the lighter side of the failed attempt.

Guinea midfielder Keita is a target for Premier League side Liverpool after hugely impressing in his first season in the Bundesliga following a move from Leipzig's sister club Salzburg.

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Keita was one of RB Leipzig's key players a season ago as the newly promoted club qualified for the Champions League.

Asked if it's true Keita has a release clause in his contract which becomes active next summer, he replied: "I don't tell you about the details of his contract".

Speaking following Liverpool's recent pre-season victory over Hertha Berlin Klopp joked with Sky Deutschland: 'Our next offer for Keita is €300m!'

'The chance [of Keïta leaving] is null, ' said Hasenhüttl. It is 100 per cent clear that Naby will play this year with Leipzig.

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"At the beginning of the transfer window we said we'll start with the same team, and with all the main players we had a year ago and that no one will go".

"Behind many players with an African background, and I've met a lot of them, there is a clan and sometimes a whole village, that lives from the help of one football player".

"Everyone can see how important Naby Keita is with our game. Until next summer we keep it (the door) closed and then we have a look", Hasenhuttl added.

Asked whether Keita has been affected by the speculation linking him with a summer move to Liverpool, he added: "He is even more focused on us and has more fun now than a year ago".

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