Hasenhuttl expects Keita stay

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho reacts during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22 2017 in Hong Kong

There is no chance to Naby Keita leaving RB Leipzig in the transfer window, coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has said.

Liverpool had been tracking the Guinea midfielder all summer and had two bids rejected by the Bundesliga runners-up - the second of which was worth €75 million, according to owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing Keita all summer after identifying him as one of his prime targets but Liverpool have found it hard to get a fee agreed with a stubborn Leipzig side.

Liverpool will reportedly reignite their interest in Keita next summer as he has a release clause in his contract that can be triggered at the end of next season.

Speaking following Liverpool's recent pre-season victory over Hertha Berlin Klopp joked with Sky Deutschland: 'Our next offer for Keita is €300m!' It's 100 percent clear that Naby will play this year at Leipzig.

Asked after Leipzig's 1-0 loss to Sevilla at the Emirates Cup on Saturday whether there was still a chance the club's stance could soften, Hasenhuttl said: "The chance is zero".


"At the beginning of the transfer period we said we would start with the same team and of the main players we had a year ago no-one will go".

"Everyone can see how important Naby Keita is with our game".

The 22-year-old was one of Bundesliga's standout players in the 2016-17 campaign despite Keita only moving to RB Leipzig in a £12.75m deal from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg last summer. "We will learn this year again very much, I think".

"Until next summer we keep it [the door] closed".

"It's normal when you play such a famous season that other clubs are watching us and you get interest", he said.

"I said for all the players it is very important to stay together as it's the first time we play Champions League and that is a new situation for every one of us".

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