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RB Leipzig boss makes Timo Werner transfer admission amid Liverpool links


RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has admitted there’s nothing more he can do to convince Timo Werner to stay with the club amid links to Liverpool.

The German striker has been in prolific form once again in the Bundesliga and has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield.

It’s unknown what transfer budget Liverpool will have to work with this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the financial effect that will play on the transfer market.

While speculation continues about Werner’s future at Leipizig, boss Nagelsmann has admitted there is little more he can say to persuade the striker about his future.

“There is nothing we can do about it anyway. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me, I know what I have in him,” Nagelsmann said.

“And I show him that – similar to what I do with [Dayot] Upamecano – by letting him play every game from the beginning and if everything goes normally he is allowed to play through most games.

“He gets many chances to develop himself. That’s my job, I have to do that. I don’t know if it will help him that much if I tell him every day. I try to do it more with action.

“A player has to feel that he can get better. If he doesn’t feel that, it wouldn’t do any good if I kept on telling him to stay here. In the end it is his life, his career, he can decide that.

“We already had this discussion last year, then in winter and now again. I’m basically someone who knows what he has to say and can add his two cents to everything.

“But here I can’t think of anything new to say to Timo either. So I rather try to convince him with actions and in the end he has to know what he wants to do.”

The Leipzig manager also conceded that losing Werner would be a colossal loss for his team, likening the blow to Bayern Munich if they sold Robert Lewandowski.

“Of course you have conversations from time to time, but I have not spoken to him about that in the recent past,” Nagelsmann said ahead of Leipzig’s Monday evening clash with Cologne.

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“I think he now has 34 goals and assists [this season]. I think you have to mention that I would like to keep him. That is an extraordinary quality.

“If he leaves for the next season there would be a big gap. It’s like if Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich. Nobody shouts ‘Hurray!’ there either, I think. They’re clearly weakened then, and it’s the same with us.

“That we’d like to keep him is completely normal. He has an exit clause until a certain date – I honestly don’t know when – and if a club comes along and he agrees with them by then, then that’s the way it is.”

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