RB LEIPZIG, Rangnick: "We want WERNER to stay put beyond next summer"


RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has responded to rumours linking Real Madrid with a move for star forward Timo Werner: "Not in January and not in the summer".

Los Blancos are reportedly keen on the 21-year-old as they look to overhaul their squad after a poor start to the season.

Werner, still only 21, has 12 goals in 20 appearances so far this season and netted 26 goals for club and country last season.

While happy in his current surroundings, Werner admits that things could have been very different for him had Bayern Munich expressed an interest in his services when he was heading for the exits at Stuttgart.

Zinedine Zidane has not ruled out dipping into the market in January but the Bernabéu board are reluctant to recruit a number nine, largely because Vinicius Júnior, the Flamengo starlet purchased by Madrid for 45 million euros, is likely to arrive ahead of schedule next summer and also because the club is considering selling Gareth Bale due to his injury problems to make way for another forward, with Inter's Mauro Icardi under consideration.

"I would have felt honoured because Leipzig were not as well established then as they are now".

RB Leipzig have the striker locked down on a contract for the next two and a half years.

His performances have seen him linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham, though Werner has previously revealed his "dream club" is Manchester United.