RB Leipzig will not be letting their midfielder Naby Keita to join Liverpool this month according to the Bundesliga club’s sports director Ralf Rangnick.
Keita, 22, is set to link up with Liverpool from 1 July after the Premier League club agreed a big-money deal to sign him last August.
However, Liverpool, who sold Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona this month, were keen to fill the void left behind by bringing the transfer forward to secure Keita’s services this month.
However, Rangnick and the Bundesliga club has now stepped in to set the record straight in a bid to put speculation regarding the transfer status of the Guinea international “to bed”.
A statement on the club’s official website by Rangnick read: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.”
“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case.”
A tweet from the club’s official twitter account that echoed the same sentiments read: “OFFICIAL: Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.”
Keita earned his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest properties last season by helping Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League. He also scored the opening goal as Leipzig dealt Schalke 04’s first defeat since September in the German top-flight.