RB Leipzig have rejected Liverpool’s latest offer to buy midfielder Naby Keita, reiterating that the player is not for sale at any price.
The 22-year old has been a top target for the Reds, but Dietrich Mateschitz, co-owner of Red Bull, has stated clearly that the Guinea international is not for sale.
“We won’t sell players who are still under contract just to earn a lot of money,” Mateschitz told Sport Bild. “Let me give you an example: Only recently, we received a €75 million bid for Naby Keita. No way!
“He is still under contract and he will fulfil it. Like I said: To sell him would not only be evidence that we don’t have belief to our fans but also send the wrong signal for our other players, like Timo Werner for instance. He’s also sought-after.”
When asked if Liverpool made the offer, manager Jurgen Klopp had laughed off the reports.
“What do you know? £66m turned down today?” said a smiling Klopp. “Are we in Vegas? I told you I don’t speak about this.
“Not Vegas, what is it on the other side of the island in Asia? Yes, Macau. Are we in Macau? No.”
“If a good player is there and you can have him and he costs a little bit but you have to pay it, then that’s how it is,” said Klopp of the 19-year-old.
“It’s a smart move for him and for us. He saw an opportunity at Liverpool and we see it also, and having him around we can see he’s a smart player, a really skilled boy and I’m really happy about that.
“You need a little bit of luck and to score in a game like this. He will stay patient, 100 per cent and we will help him all we can, and then hopefully, in the end, everything will be good.”