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Liverpool handed boost in their hopes of eventually signing Naby Keita

Liverpool have been handed a huge encouragement in their hopes of signing RB Leipzig star Naby Keita but the Reds will have to wait till next season in order to get the deal done.

RB Leipzig have enjoyed a tremendous rise over the past few seasons and last year was a testament to how far the club have progressed.

Having only earned promotion at the start of last season, RB Leipzig were able to put up a sustained bid for the Bundesliga title and although they eventually lost out to regular champions Bayern Munich, finishing second ahead of the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim can be viewed as a tremendous achievement for the club.

One of the stars for RB Leipzig during their fantastic season last term was midfielder Naby Keita, who managed 8 goals in 31 appearances throughout the course of the campaign and as a result, the 22-year-old has been able to attract strong interest from Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool have reportedly placed two bids of around £59million and £66million for Keita but despite such huge offers on the table, RB Leipzig have decided that they will keep hold of the Guinean international as the club prepares for their first ever appearance in the Champions League during the upcoming season.

As a glimmer of hope for Liverpool to eventually sign Keita though, RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick has admitted that the midfielder will not be signing a new deal with the club.

Rangnick told Sport Bild via Daily Mail, “I am not currently assuming that we will be able to extend his contract prematurely. I can assure you that Naby will be playing with us this season. All other scenarios also depend on how we do this season, how Naby plays himself and so on.”

Keita has a contract with RB Leipzig till 2020 and while him not signing a new deal seemingly does not look like a boost for Liverpool, the Reds will surely be encouraged to make a swoop for the talented midfielder next summer.

Keita’s contract allegedly stipulates that a release clause of around £48million will be come into effect next season and as the ex-RB Salzburg man is not signing a new deal, the clause will not be removed – giving Liverpool a clear run to finally land their top target next term.

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