Ralf Rangnick attempts to explain 'village' comment about Liverpool target Naby Keita

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 28, 2017

Liverpool have ended their pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, according to Sky sources.

A senior official at Leipzig told Sky Sports News last week that Keita will "100 per cent not be sold in this window" having revealed the club had already rejected a £67m offer from an unnamed side.

While speaking at a coaching convention in Bochum, Ragnick said: "The boys themselves are not the problem here".

The Spanish giants have been long term admirers of the playmaker, but Klopp has reportedly had a chat with Coutinho, and promised him that he will play an integral role in Merseyside next season - and Liverpool's main man is believed to be happy to stay.

However, there have been reports suggesting Keita's representatives are attempting to push a transfer, and in attempt to put some context into why that is Rangnick felt Keita was being advised by "a whole village in Guinea". "I can't blame the players".

Rangnick was criticised for his reference to "a village in Guinea", particularly by journalists in Keita's native country, and has now attempted to clarify what he meant by the remark.

"I know what is in the mind of players such as Naby with regard to such enormous sums", Rangnick was quoted as saying by German daily Bild.

"Behind many players with an African background, and I've met a lot of them, there is a clan and sometimes a whole village, that lives from the help of one football player".

"And that there are people who demand that he has to change, that is so".

Rangnick added: "Believe me, my knowledge in geography are good enough, to differentiate between Guinea and Africa".

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