Leipzig want Werner to stay

But RB would sell the striker rather than allow him to leave as a free agent at the end of his contract.

Leipzig want Werner to stay
dpa

Berlin (dpa)- RB Leipzig are prepared to sell Germany striker Timo Werner at the end of the season rather than allow him to leave as a free agent at the end of his contract.

Club chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff told Germany's Kicker magazine published Thursday that Leipzig "cannot afford to go into a final contract year" with Werner.

Werner, 22, has a contract with Leipzig for another season following the present campaign, and the club is hoping he will agree in good time to extend his deal.

Champions Bayern Munich have been strongly linked with the striker, while British media reports have said Liverpool under German manager Juergen Klopp are also interested in the player.

"Logically, we have to know by the end of the season at the latest what happens next," Mintzlaff said.

Leipzig are hoping Werner, who joined from VfB Stuttgart in 2016, will commit longer term to the club. If he is "not striving for the highest possible salary," staying in Leipzig "would be a good investment in his sporting future," he said.