Naby Keïta’s tackle on team mate Diego Demme at an open training session in Austria has been deemed “past the limit” by one Leipzig player.
You’ve all seen it by now. The video of Liverpool target Naby Keïta crunching into team mate Diego Demme at an open training session during RB Leipzig’s Austria training camp this week. If you haven’t, here it is for reference:
Here is a full clip of the incident involving Keita and Diego Demme.
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The Guinean was the subject of a foul of his own from Demme just moments before and as soon as his teammate received the ball, Keïta launched into a “red card level” two footed challenge that could have left the German midfielder with far worse injuries than the bruising he sustained as a result.
The incident was thought to be an expression of frustration by the Guinean after news broke the day before that Liverpool would no longer be pursuing his signature due to Leipzig’s solid stance that he would remain at the club.
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has however sought to calm the situation despite having to cancel training after the incident, referencing the apology video posted to Leipzig’s official Twitter account.
“That’s a training camp,” said the Austrian. “They all want to show how good they are feeling. Naby went to Diego straight away to apologise.”
However, the Guinean’s teammates were seemingly less than enthused by the midfielder’s actions.
“There was a good intensity in the training session, and I am fan of that,” defender Will Orban is quoted as saying. “But Naby went a bit past the limit in that situation.”
Whether Keïta’s actions were the result of frustrations at Leipzig’s stance on his future remains unclear while it is just as tough, if not tougher, to guess whether the club will be more inclined knowing their player is unhappy.
However, if you believe German newspaper Bild, we could be finding out very soon.