RB Leipzig have mentioned they won’t think about promoting Naby Keita to Liverpool throughout the winter switch window.
In the summertime, Liverpool introduced an settlement to signal Keita on the finish of the present season and there was hypothesis that Leipzig may very well be persuaded to half with the Guinea worldwide in January.
Nevertheless, Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick — who mentioned final month that the midfielder wouldn’t have been offered however for his launch clause — dominated out an early departure.
“Even when we must always not attain the knockout phases of Champions League, it could make no sense to permit Naby to affix Liverpool earlier,” Rangnick advised Leipziger Volkszeitung. “We wish to qualify for Europe once more, and we want Naby for that.”
Leipzig, at the moment second within the Bundesliga, stay in rivalry to complete second of their Champions League group, with two video games left to make up a two-point deficit on second-placed Porto, who maintain the head-to-head benefit over the German membership.
Keita, who rose to prominence final season after becoming a member of Leipzig from Crimson Bull Salzburg, wouldn’t be eligible to play for Liverpool within the Champions League if he have been to make a January change.
The 22-year-old, in the meantime, has endured a troublesome interval because the switch to Liverpool was introduced.
“We in fact have Naby’s again,” Rangnick mentioned, however refused to make additional feedback due to the present authorized proceedings.
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @uersfeld.