Tuesday 16 January 2018

Liverpool transfer target Naby Keita declares love for Leipzig

Naby Keita of Leipzig celebrates his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig at Opel Arena on April 5, 2017 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
Naby Keita of Leipzig celebrates his team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig at Opel Arena on April 5, 2017 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)

Carl Markham

Liverpool target Naby Keita has declared his love for his current home city of RB Leipzig - but it is unlikely to stop speculation about his future.

The highly-rated Guinea midfielder, whom current club RB Leipzig value at £70million, is being tracked by a number of clubs, with Jurgen Klopp a long-time admirer.

Keita only moved to the Bundesliga side last summer from Red Bull Salzburg for £12.75m but a successful season, in which he helped Leipzig to second place in the Bundesliga thus securing Champions League football, has enhanced his reputation further.

And that is likely to see a number of rivals test RB Leipzig's resolve as Keita's declaration hints at a future elsewhere.

"I love Leipzig. And I will never forget this city," he told German newspaper Welt.

Only a year ago the 22-year-old claimed he had been approached by a number of English clubs.

"Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool, although I did not talk with the (Liverpool) coach," he said at the time when asked about who had expressed an interest in him last summer.

"I hope that I have the level in two, three years and could play for one of the very big clubs.

"This includes Barcelona, but it also includes Real Madrid or Manchester City."

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