Leipzig aim to keep squad intact
RB Leipzig supremo Oliver Mintzlaff says his club are determined to hold on to the young stars who made such a big impact in the Bundesliga last season.
Attacking trio Emil Forsberg, Naby Keita and Timo Werner have attracted interested from across the continent after helping Leipzig to finish second in the German top-flight, with the club now preparing for a first-ever campaign in the Champions League.
It would be irresponsible to let one of our top performers leave now.Oliver Mintzlaff
And Mintzlaff has dismissed talk of sales being the order of the day, insisting that Die Bullen want to keep their roster intact and add some new faces if possible.
He told Bild: "It would be irresponsible to let one of our top performers leave now.
"Emil and Naby are extremely talented and promising players. We are glad that we, as a club, are aiding their development and will now be able to prove ourselves in the Champions League.
"There are no concrete offers, but of course, the guys have attracted great interest through their performances. That's normal, but we aren't dealing with that."
Attacking midfielder Keita scored eight goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last season, while Sweden international forward Forsberg matched that goal return in two fewer outings.
Meanwhile, striker Werner earned himself a call-up to the Germany national team by finding the net 21 times in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga. Having joined Leipzig from VfB Stuttgart last summer, he is just a year into a four-year contract.
Leipzig are 20/1 to win the Bundesliga title next season, with Borussia Dortmund 7/1 and Bayern Munich 1/7.
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