The coach believes the Bundesliga side the star midfielder despite his desire to make the switch to Jurgen Klopp’s team
Naby Keita and Emil Forsberg remain “comfortable” at RB Leipzig despite continued speculation linking the duo with moves away, head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl says.
Liverpool are considering making a club-record bid for Keita after seeing an initial offer of £57 million rejected.
The Bundesliga side are determined to hold onto the 22-year-old Guinea international, having informed the Reds that he is not available at any price. However, Goal reported last week that he will reiterate his desire to join Jurgen Klopp’s team in his next talks with club officials.
Meanwhile winger Forsberg is a long-term target for AC Milan, who have added a host of players in the current transfer window.
Hasenhuttl is bullish about the club’s chances of retaining their star players, though, insisting Keita and Forsberg are eager to get the new season underway.
“You can see that they feel comfortable here and are looking forward to the new season,” Hasenhuttl told Kicker. “They know very well what they have here.
“It’s a huge compliment for us that we awoke such desires from other teams, but it’s not the general idea of our path to allow players to leave with the first offer we receive.
“Our goal is to become a large and well-established club and that is what we have done this summer, a significant step.”