RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned potential suitors off making an approach for indispensable midifelder Naby Keita.

The 22-year-old joined from sister club Red Bull Salzburg last summer and has since attracted attention from a range of European clubs. Liverpool and Arsenal have both been heavily linked with moves that would see him join the Premier League but Keita’s club manager has insisted that he is happy at the club and will stay “forever”.

Hasenhuttl said that his celebrations following RB Leipzig’s unlikely second-placed finish behind Bayern Munich prove that he is committed to the cause and doesn’t want to move elsewhere again in future.

Having already qualified for UEFA Champions League football next season, Leipzig are expected to offer the Guinea international a contract extension and an upgrade on his existing wages as a reward for his consistent performances this term.

As quoted by a report on The Mirror he said, “He feels well, and we love him. We are a super, exciting club. Naby sees how much the coach invests to make him better. If I take the celebrations as a benchmark, Naby will stay with us forever.”

Perhaps the word forever is exaggerating slightly but you can tell that they are keen to retain key players – Keita staying would be a signal of their intent for the foreseeable future. He doesn’t have a release clause despite reports suggesting he’d be sold for £40m, and he’s a player that Arsenal have been watching since he was impressing at Salzburg.

With all of that in mind, it’ll be good to see Keita remain at a place where his presence is highly valued. He’s still a young player and one that Arsenal will undoubtedly continue to monitor so who knows what could happen in a few seasons’ time?