Contrasting reports emerging on Naby Keïta’s future

Ousmane Dembele of Dortmund and Naby Keita of Leipzig battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig at Signal Iduna Park on February 4, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany.
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Contrasting reports continue to emerge regarding the future of RB Leipzig midfielder and Liverpool target Naby Keïta.

This whole saga is just getting a little bit boring now really, isn’t it?

One day he’s going for £70m, the next he’s not for sale.


Today has very much been a frustrating blend of more of the same.

Melissa Reddy of Goal has this afternoon published a report quoting Ralf Rangnick – Leipzig’s sporting director – who once again has denied that Keïta will be allowed to leave the club this summer, no matter the price.

There are no players in our squad who have an exit clause,” he is reported to have affirmed at a press briefing.

“I will repeat it one more time, we will not sell any of our key players. There are a lot of reports about there being a certain figure where we could be open to a sale, but they are all false. We are not selling anyone even if we are talking about a three-figure transfer fee and the players know that.

“I have already said that before and nothing has changed in that aspect.”

That’s a seemingly final statement to me.

However, incredibly, Guinean journalists are still providing contradictory reports.

Sega Diallo, who has been highly vocal on the matter on his Twitter account in recent days, tweeted last night that Leipzig’s club president has told the midfielder he can leave if it is his desire before adding that the player would not remain in Leipzig.

Of course, these reports must be taken with a pinch of salt but if Leipzig’s hierarchy are indeed both in different positions over the player’s future, that could certainly provide the Reds with a glimmer of hope.

For now, though, I’m going to go and get some fresh air and drink some water because this saga is giving me one hell of a headache.


  1. here we go again, the same history vvd is coming to liverpool not liverpool are tapping up on saint, and now keita with the same history so is how liverpool are doing things now? is a shame the true is our CEO are desappointed us.

  2. Ralf Rangnick Hasn’t the common sense to realise what a unattractive prospect he makes the club look to new players with his dogmatic approach. Will rising stars or the finished article wish to go there knowing the negotiating prowess of this twit if/when it’s time for them to move on. Everyone plays hardball but he’s acting like a D**K


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