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RB Leipzig 'bored' by Naby Keita, Emil Forsberg transfer speculation

RB Leipzig chief executive officer Oliver Mintzlaff has told Sportbuzzer that the Bundesliga runners-up will turn down offers for star players Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg and called speculation over the pair's future "boring."

Keita is a reported target for Liverpool, while Forsberg's agent recently said his client "wants to make the next step in his career."

Both players were instrumental in helping Leipzig achieve Champions League qualification as they finished second to Bayern Munich last season.

Asked whether Leipzig were "immune" to offers for Keita and Forsberg, Mintzlaff said: "Yes. And that topic is boring."

He said the 2017-18 season would be a successful one "when it's free from worry" and added: "It's only our second Bundesliga season, our squad's still the youngest and most likely also the most inexperienced.

"Sure, it would be great to start where we left off. It's an advantage that there's no upheaval."

Leipzig's stance has always been that they do not want to sell any key players, and sources told ESPN FC last week that they expect Keita to report back for preseason training later this month.

The Guinea international moved to Leipzig from sister club Red Bull Salzburg last summer and, in his first season in a major European league, scored eight goals in 31 appearances from midfield.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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