Liverpool have been dealt another potential blow as RB Leipzig have now ruled out Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg leaving the club as they focus on building on last seasons success. The Bundesliga club qualified for the Champions League in their debut season in Germany’s top division last term, and are already strengthening their squad.
Liverpool have been keen on taking all-action Keita for £50million, while Swede Forsberg has also understandably attracted interest.
This week they saw their participation in Europe’s premier club competition rubber-stamped by UEFA, despite the relationship between RBL and the Red Bull-backed Austrian side, Red Bull Salzburg.
Keita and Forsberg are two of their most important, rising stars, and all-action Guinean midfielder Keita has emerged as a main target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this summer.
RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has once again ruled out selling either Naby Keita or Emil Forsberg this summer.
“It would be negligent to sell one of our key players now. Emil and Naby are extremely talented and developing players.”
“We are glad that we are able to keep up with their development as a club, now we can prove ourselves in the Champions League in the coming season.”
Mintzlaff also confirmed there has been no offer for either as yet, two weeks after sporting director Ralf Rangnick told suitors not to bother wasting time by bidding for the duo.
“There are no concrete offers. But let’s admit: Of course they have aroused great interest through their performance. This is normal. But we do not deal with that.”
Source: Mirror Sport