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RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has sent out a defiant message on Liverpool target Naby Keita and insists the club did not build a team to reach the Champions League only to then see it dismantled.

Rangnick admits it is unlikely Leipzig will tie Keita down to new terms beforehand, but reiterated the player will not be leaving in this transfer window.

"I am not assuming prematurely that we will be able to extend his contract", Rangnick told German magazine SportBild.

"Nevertheless, if we go into the new season with what we've got now, I think there will be a lot of trepidation amongst the Liverpool fans".

"All the other scenarios depend on how we do this season, how Naby plays and so on".

Liverpool have openly exhibited their interest in the midfielder launching bids worth £57 million and £66 million bids both of which have been rejected as Leipzig are not willing to part ways with the players.

Keita's bad tackle on teammate Diego Demme that caused a premature end to a training session last month was presented in some quarters as a sign of his ongoing frustration, although Leipzig were quick to play down the incident.

The Bundesliga outfit are keen to hold onto one of their key players ahead of their first ever Champions League campaign - and so resolute where they in their determination to keep him, that the Reds were forced to shelve plans to make a third and final bid.

Only Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ousmane Dembele, the France wonderkid Barcelona are desperate to sign, dribbled past more opponents than Keita last season.


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