Liverpool target Naby Keita '100 percent sure' to stay at Leipzig - Hasenhuttl

Liverpool target Naby Keita '100 percent sure' to stay at Leipzig - Hasenhuttl

Liverpool have accepted RB Leipzig's unwillingness to sell Naby Keita and will wait until next summer to return for him, sources have told ESPN FC.

However, developments over the past 24 hours appear to have changed things following Leipzig's sporting director Ralf Rangnick's controversial comments which saw him claim that a whole village in Guinea was demanding Keita joins Liverpool.

Earlier this week, Rangnick suggested that Keita was being encouraged by "a whole village in Guinea" to agitate for a transfer to Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool are now going to turn their attentions elsewhere, whilst also looking at their other big targets including Virgil van Dijk.

And Hasenhuttl confirmed the 22-year-old Guinean midfielder will be staying with the Bundesliga side next season as they prepare for a first season in the Champions League. "They will finish their transfer activities and that is okay for me".

The 22-year-old caused fury amongst the squad when he lunged into a risky tackle on team-mate Diego Demme which forced the club to cancel a training session.




'Everyone can see how important Naby Keita is with our game.

"When you play such a famous season as previous year it is normal players get interest, that other clubs are watching us is normal", he said.

"I know Naby from the very first day when he came to Salzburg", he said, as reported by the Guardian.

'These are our two most important players on our team so it's sure he will be with our team next year'. He is more focused on us and has more fun now than a year ago.

"I don't tell you about the details of his contract". The Reds should try and look for a midfielder who has experience playing at the top level and who could potentially offer a similar attacking threat to Keita but at a much cheaper price.

"Until next summer we keep it [the door] closed".

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