By 90Min
July 24, 2017

​Red Bull Leipzig have categorically ruled out the possibility of selling one of the club's stars in Naby Keita this summer, after a senior official at the Bundesliga outfit told Sky Sports that the 22-year-old is in-fact staying put.

Leipzig revealed that they had indeed rejected a £67m bid from an unnamed suitor earlier last week, the club in question is understood to be Liverpool, who have indeed been tailing his services for some time now.

The Reds have supposedly had three bids turned down by the German club in the transfer window for the Guinean international midfielder, who seriously impressed during the previous campaign.

Keita has a £48m release clause included in his current contract at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig, although interested parties, including the Merseysiders, will have to wait until next summer to activate it.

With Leipzig qualifying for the Champions League for the first time after a barnstorming first season in the German top-flight, the club's sporting director Ralf Rangnick is aiming to convince the squad's brightest performers to stay for the imminent season.

Keita was instrumental to Leipzig's successes last term, placing himself firmly on Liverpool's radar because of his exploits in the middle of the park for Ralph Hasenhüttl's over-achieving outfit.

Scoring eight goals and offering-up eight assists for his teammates on a silver platter is a measure of his glowing talents - quality, it seems, Jurgen Klopp will have to wait until next year to land, with Leipzig standing strong in their attempts to maintain their fold for the coming European onslaught.


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