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Naby Keita Liverpool bid rejected by RB Leipzig

“To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust for our fans”

RB Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz has revealed the club have rejected a £66m offer for Liverpool target Naby Keita.

The Guinea international midfielder has been linked with Liverpool but Leipzig have maintained a strong stance over the 22-year-old and insisted he is not for sale.

Mateschitz has now confirmed Leipzig turned down the bid from an unnamed club for Keita, whose deal runs until 2020 and that their attitude over his future remains unchanged.

“We do not sell players who are still under contract just to make a lot of money,” Mateschitz told German publication Bild.

“Recently we got a 75 million euro offer for Naby Keita. No way! He still has a contract and he will fulfil it.”

“To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust for our fans, but also a wrong sign for our other players, such as Timo Werner, who is also in demand.”

RB Leipzig were already wealthy enough to take a very strong stance on Keita. The club obviously don’t need the money, nor are they even used to selling players, and those close to the situation say it seems to have become a point of principle for owner Dietrich Mateschitz and sporting director Ralf Rangnick. They absolutely will not sell and expect Keita to fulfil his contract.

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