RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick clarifies Naby Keita "village" comment

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Ralf Rangnick has attempted to explain his comments about those advising RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, having claimed that the Liverpool transfer target had been influenced by "a whole village in Guinea".

There's still a chance Van Dijk will end up at Liverpool, but it looks like the deal for Keita won't happen this summer.

Keita was the subject of two recent rejected bids from Liverpool and Leipzig have confirmed they turned down an offer of £67 million ($87 million) from an unnamed club.

Jurgen Klopp had targeted the Guinea global, 22, as being someone who would provide drive and dynamism to his midfield and was prepared to back his judgment of the player with the biggest transfer outlay in the club's history.

"At the beginning of the transfer period that we said we would start with the same team and of the players we had a year ago no-one will go". That will be our answer now also.

"For us, everyone can see how important Naby Keita is for our game".

When told Liverpool are planning on returning for Keita next summer, he responded: 'Tell them they will not be the only ones, I think.

Jurgen Klopp believes the obsession with Liverpool's future transfer business means too many have overlooked their shrewd recruitment so far this summer.

"Then we'll make a €300m offer for Keita!" the Liverpool boss was quoted as saying by Sky Deutschland.

Keita, according to various claims, was keen on a move to the Premier League, but the stance of his club has prevented a conclusion to negotiations. Hasenhuttl admitted that the lure of Champions League football has made it easier to keep the team intact - and said his young team will benefit from playing in the competition together.

"I know Naby from the very first day when he came to Salzburg", Rangnick said.

"When you play such a famous season as past year it is normal players get interest, that other clubs are watching us is normal", he said.

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