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RB Leipzig chief Mintzlaff: Keita hasn't said anything about early Liverpool move

RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has reaffirmed plans for Naby Keita not to join Liverpool until the end of the season.

Liverpool struck a £55million deal with the Bundesliga outfit last August which will see the Guinea international sign for the club on July 1 2018.

There has been speculation that Keita's move could be brought forward to the January window but Mintzlaff says that won't be happening.

"Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter," he told Bild.

"There are contracts, and they say that he will be a Liverpool employee from July 1 onwards."

Mintzlaff has no doubts about the midfielder's commitment.

"It's not Naby's disposition (to save himself). Our pros have character and are ambitious," Mintzlaff added.

"I am not worried. In 2018 I expect everyone to step up with maximum mentality, force and character. That's what makes us strong, and that's what we need for a successful second half of the season.

"We want to achieve a lot, want to return to Europe and would love to again qualify for Champions League."

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