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Liverpool are understood to be closing in on a move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate to resolve their issues at centre-back. However, the Bundesliga side’s sporting director Markus Krosche has spoken out about a deal, playing down talk of a transfer.
RB Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche has spoken out on the future of Liverpool transfer target Ibrahima Konate.
The French defender is said to be close to a move to Liverpool this summer.
Talks are understood to be in the final stages with an agreement almost in place.
But while Krosche failed to rule out a move, he tried to play down the speculation, admitting there was no reason for him to leave the club.
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“I can’t say anything on that topic. I think that this is not an option for Ibu [Konate],” Krosche explained.
“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 longer injury but this year he is in a good way and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potential.
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“We want to help him to further develop, and we play internationally, have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us.”
Konate is currently trying to help France’s under-21s through the group stages at the European Championships in Hungary.
But he says his phone has not stopped calling today with talk of his future up in the air.
And he insists that his focus remains on getting his national side to the knockout rounds in the summer.
He told L’Equipe: “I woke up, I saw my phone ringing all over the place. I just wanted to tell them, ‘Hey, I played yesterday, I’m tired, leave me alone’.
“Frankly, I don’t even watch this. We can’t focus on that, there are the Euros and then my return to the club. You have to focus on that and not on the external things.”
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