Leipzig director: Liverpool transfer a no-go for Konate

A number of injuries at the centre back spot have hampered Liverpool’s Premier League title defense, and although the club is reportedly interested in RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, the Bundesliga side has given a “hands off” notice.

The Athletic announced on Monday that Liverpool is close to completing a deal for Konate, whose agreement reportedly has a release clause of about 40 million euros ($47.07 million), but Leipzig director Markus Krosche believes the 21-year-old France youth international has a bright future in Germany.

“I think that this is not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said of Konate, who has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season and has a contract at Leipzig until June 2023.

“He has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us.

“He was unlucky last year as he had a long-term injury but this year he is developing well and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potential.

“We want to help him to develop further, and we play in Europe and have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us.”

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With 57 points, Leipzig is in second place in the Bundesliga, four points behind Bayern Munich, whom they host on Saturday.

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