Naby Keita urged to exit RB Leipzig by entourage, says Ralf Rangnick

Naby Keita is not to blame for his transfer situation, says RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick
Image: Naby Keita is not to blame for his transfer situation, says RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick

Liverpool target Naby Keita has been told to move by "a whole village in Guinea", says RB Leipzig's sporting director.

Keita wants to join Liverpool but a senior official at RB Leipzig has told Sky Sports News that the 22-year-old will not be sold in this transfer window, while the club have already rejected a £66m offer from an unnamed club.

Liverpool have had three bids rejected for the midfielder, according to Sky sources, and Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick believes there are too many voices telling Keita to take a lucrative move to the Premier League.

"There should be someone who points them into the right direction," Rangnick said at a German coaching convention on Wednesday.

The rise of Naby Keita

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Three years ago he was an unknown teenager being relegated from France's second tier. Now he's a £70m target for Liverpool.

"The boys themselves are not the problem here. It is their surroundings. A whole village in Guinea or somebody from their entourage tells the players why they must do something right away. I can't blame the players."

Keita, 22, caused the Bundesliga side's training to be abandoned this week after his "brutal foul" left team-mate Diego Demme needing to go to hospital for treatment before the pair were later pictured making amends.

Rangnick remains confident both Keita and attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg will not be going anywhere this summer.

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"I expect them to play for us next season," he added. "Both are extraordinary players who make the difference for our team."

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