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Liverpool target Naby Keita declares love for Leipzig

Liverpool target Naby Keita has declared his love for his current home city of Leipzig - but it is unlikely to stop speculation about his future.

The highly-rated Guinea midfielder, whom current club RB Leipzig value at £70million, is being tracked by a number of clubs, with Jurgen Klopp a long-time admirer.

Keita only moved to the Bundesliga side last summer from Red Bull Salzburg for £12.75m but a successful season, in which he helped Leipzig to second place in the Bundesliga thus securing Champions League football, has enhanced his reputation further.

And that is likely to see a number of rivals test RB Leipzig's resolve as Keita's declaration hints at a future elsewhere.

"I love Leipzig. And I will never forget this city," he told German newspaper Welt.

Only a year ago the 22-year-old claimed he had been approached by a number of English clubs.

"Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool, although I did not talk with the (Liverpool) coach," he said at the time when asked about who had expressed an interest in him last summer.

"I hope that I have the level in two, three years and could play for one of the very big clubs.

"This includes Barcelona, but it also includes Real Madrid or Manchester City."

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