Ragnick dismisses Werner exit talk


RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Ragnick has dismissed the idea that they could sell Timo Werner.

The Germany international has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club this Summer, with Liverpool and Real Madrid said to be keen to secure his signature.

But Ragnick insists that Werner knows that he will not be allowed to leave any time soon and brushed off the idea that they could sell him

“Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season.” he told Kicker.

“We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.” he added.

Ragnick did go on to say that the German club do not have mega amounts of money to spend – but that would still not force their hand into agreeing to sell another star player after Naby Keita got his Liverpool switch secured.

“We have a clear sum available, which can increase by €20m with more Champions League participation.” he continued.

“But a €40m transfer makes no sense because behind that is a player’s salary, which usually happens with such a transfer.

“Then we have to look at our wage structure, which we definitely will not blow up.

“It’s possible that we could spend €25m for a player in the next few years, but spending something in the region of €30m or €40m in this period is not possible or meaningful.” he finished.

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