Leipzig chief opens up over future of key man amid Liverpool, Real links

Date published: Monday 12th February 2018 10:27

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Ragnick has poured cold water on speculation surrounding a reported Liverpool and Real Madrid target.

German international Timo Werner has been in fine form this season, scoring 10 times in 20 league appearances to follow up his 21-goal haul in the 2016-17 Bundesliga season.

Links with Real and the Premier League have surfaced, however Ragnick is adamant that Werner will not be leaving any time soon.

“Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season,” he told Kicker.

“We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.”

Rangnick also admitted that it could take significant investment from Leipzig to catch Bayern Munich, who they are 18 points behind in the Bundesliga table.

“We have a clear sum available, which can increase by €20 million with more Champions League participation,” Rangnick said.

“But a €40 million transfer makes no sense because behind that is a player’s salary, which usually happens with such a transfer. Then we have to look at our wage structure, which we definitely will not blow up.

“It’s possible that we could spend €25m for a player in the next few years, but spending something in the region of €30m or €40m in this period is not possible or meaningful.”

 

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