RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhüttl believes reported Liverpool and Chelsea target Naby Keita could “stay with us forever”.
The Reds have been long-term admirers of the 22-year-old and, having been first linked with the player last summer, are expected to renew their efforts to sign him this year.
However, with Chelsea also reported to be keen on the £25million-rated star, Leipzig manager Hasenhüttl, who has masterminded their Champions League qualification, believes Keita could again reject Premier League advances.
“He feels well, and we love him. We are a super exciting club,” he told Leipziger Volkszeitung.
“Naby sees how much the coach invests to make him better.
“If I take the celebrations as a benchmark, Naby will stay with us forever. You just don’t just leave a squad like ours.”
Keita has made 28 appearances and scored eight goals during his debut season at the club, having joined from sister club Red Bull Salzburg last summer.