RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhuttl "100% sure" Liverpool target Naby Keita is staying

RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhuttl

RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhuttl "100% sure" Liverpool target Naby Keita is staying

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hassenhuttl has stated Liverpool transfer target Naby Keita will not be sold this summer to the Reds.

The Reds have already seen offers of £57m and £66m for the Guinean worldwide turned down by the Bundesliga outfit who have made it absolutely clear he's not for sale.

The report claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was desperate to bring the player to Anfield ahead of the new season as he believed Keita would add quality to the midfielder.

Keita was also reportedly keen to make the move to Liverpool, with reports from Germany last week suggesting that the Reds were preparing a third bid to convince Leipzig to cash in on the midfielder.

Meanwhile, Hasenhüttl refused to confirm reports claiming that Keita has a £48m ($63.1m) release clause in his contract at Leipzig which can be activated next summer.

Speaking following Liverpool's recent pre-season victory over Hertha Berlin Klopp joked with Sky Deutschland: 'Our next offer for Keita is €300m!'

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The chance [of him leaving] is "null".

"At the beginning of the transfer window we said we could start with the same team with all the main players we had past year and that no one will go and that will be our answer now also". It's 100 per cent clear that Naby will play this year in Leipzig.

The only way a transfer could be resurrected before the end of August would be if Leipzig performed a U-turn and decided it would be futile keeping an unhappy player at the club but this is unlikely given their robust stance.

The 22-year-old Keita impressed last season as his performances helped Leipzig finish second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League.

Naby Keita made 123 defensive actions in the Bundesliga last season. We have very young players and I think for them it is very important to play the first year in the Champions League as a team. I think we said it early that we want to build on the squad from past year, and that's what we've tried to do.

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

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