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Reds' Keita hopes kicked into touch

2018-01-14 13:39:00, Views: 0, ICS

Reds' Keita hopes kicked into touch

RB Leipzig have confirmed that Naby Keita will stay with them until the end of the season, killing off talk of an early Liverpool move.

The Bundesliga club, who beat Schalke 3-1 on Saturday with Keita on the scoresheet, made the announcement via an official statement on Sunday afternoon.

It read: ‘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.’

The club's sports director Ralf Rangnick said: "We won't allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window."

The Reds agreed a deal for Keita last August - before a £48million buyout clause kicked in - which would see the 22-year-old remain with the Bundesliga club for the 2017-18 campaign before moving to Anfield this summer.

But, following the £146m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp's side had reportedly been hopeful of securing the Guinea international this month instead, with an additional bonus fee for RB Leipzig.


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