RB Leipzig 'deeply relaxed' about Werner's future

Timo Werner is widely expected to move clubs in 2020, but it seems RB Leipzig are not concerned about him trying to force a transfer.

Timo Werner reportedly has a €60 million release clause in his RB Leipzig contract.   -  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Timo Werner has not made it clear he wants to leave RB Leipzig after this season and the club is "deeply relaxed" about his future, says CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.

The striker is widely expected to move on from Red Bull Arena once 2019-20 reaches a conclusion, as and when the Bundesliga returns from the suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Werner, who has scored 27 goals in 36 games in all competitions this term, has most frequently been linked with champion Bayern Munich and Premier League leader Liverpool.

The 24-year-old has also spoken of an interest in playing for Manchester City and Manchester United, and Barcelona is also said to be monitoring his future as it seeks a long-term successor to Luis Suarez.

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However, Mintzlaff does not see any reason to be worried about whether Werner will still be at the club come next year.

"I'm deeply relaxed about Werner," he told Sky. "He hasn't signalled yet that he wants to leave beyond this season, and he doesn't have to. He has a contract until 2023."

Mintzlaff added that uncertainty in the transfer market brought on by the economic damage caused by the pandemic will not force Leipzig to sell players "significantly below value".

Werner reportedly has a release clause that will allow him to leave Leipzig at the end of the season for a fee in the region of €60 million.

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