Hasenhuttl comments after reports say Liverpool want to sign £20m star

RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted the Bundesliga club are not interested in selling Emil Forsberg this month despite rumoured interest from Liverpool.

The £20m-rated Forsberg has been a stand-out individual for Leipzig as they surprised Europe with their excellent form this season, with the winger scoring five goals to help the club to second in the division just months after achieving promotion to the top-flight.

Reports in the Mirror have suggested that Jurgen Klopp is keen on doing a deal to sign the 25-year-old and could even look to bring him in this month as he attempts to mastermind Liverpool’s push for the Premier League.

However, Hasenhuttl has said he does not see Forsberg wanting to leave Leipzig midway through the season and has backed the club to retain its star players until at least the end of the season.

Hasenhuttl said, according to the Liverpool Echo, when asked about the Swede’s future: “I do not think the player would leave the club at the moment.

“I assume that all who are here at the moment are still here at the end of the season.”

Forsberg is under contract at Leipzig, who have a self-imposed salary cap of a maximum annual salary of €3 million, until 2021.

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