RB Leipzig have no intention of selling Timo Werner says Ralf Rangnick despite the player saying he’d like a Premier League move and naming Arsenal.
The 21-year-old was one of the stars of Leipzig’s first season in the Bundesliga, and is linked with several clubs.
However, Leipzig’s sports director Ralf Rangnick has rubbished rumours of him leaving and has ruled out any sale.
“Not this winter nor next summer. We will keep Timo Werner here. We are engaged in intensive talks with his agent,” Rangnick said, as reported by World Soccer Talk.
Werner named Arsenal as one of the clubs he would he join should he decide to leave Leipzig.
“So far, I have progressed very well with Leipzig,” he told Sport Bild in September.
“That is why I do not think what is ahead in one, two or three years.
“Of course I want to play at a big club. But, we have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.
“In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid. In England there are a few more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
“FC Bayern is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”
As you can see, he was keen to point out that he is in no hurry to leave the club and that he is developing well in Germany.
Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and had an excellent season in the Bundesliga, scoring 21 goals in 31 appearances.
His form earned him a call-up to Germany for the Confederations Cup, where he scored three times.
He’s since scored four more times for his country, bringing his tally up to seven goals in 10 caps.
Arsenal have their own top quality striker in Alexandre Lacazette and shouldn’t be too bothered about Leipzig not wanting to sell.
Werner is a young player who’s just establishing himself as a top striker. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to sign him in the future.