Keita stays put until the summer

15 January 2018 01:53:06 EST

RB Leipzig have closed the door on midfielder Naby Keita being allowed to join Liverpool during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old Guinea international has already agreed a deal to move to Anfield next summer, but the Reds were reported to be keen to reach an agreement to push the player's arrival forward to this month.

However, Leipzig, who moved up into second place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 weekend win over Schalke, have firmly put an end to continued suggestions that Keita might be moving on in the very near future.

Sporting director Ralf Rangnick stated. "We won't allow Liverpool to sign him early. They have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.

"As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case."

A tweet from the Bundesliga club put their position even more clearly, reading: "OFFICIAL: Naby Keïta will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed."

Keita, who scored in the victory against Schalke, joined Leipzig in the summer of 2016 from RB Salzburg and has since scored 11 goals in 45 Bundesliga appearances.

As well as domestic matters, Leipzig are also still involved in the Europa League, where they have been drawn to face Napoli in the last-32 of the competition.

Leipzig can be backed at 1212/1 to win the Europa League this season, with Napoli available at 12121/1 and Borussia Dortmund 1212/1.

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