RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has conceded that there is little his side can do to stop Premier League-linked Timo Werner from departing the club.
Leipzig see off Koln
Week 29 of the Bundesliga season drew to a close on Monday evening, as RB Leipzig travelled to the RheinEnergieStadion to take on FC Koln.
Leipzig headed into the tie in decent form, but too many draws in recent games had seen the club’s title challenge left all but dead in the water, with Bayern Munich looking increasingly likely to clinch another Bundesliga title.
However, whilst Leipzig’s chances of lifting the title are fading, they are still very much in the race for a Champions League spot.
After picking up all three points vs Koln, Julian Nagelsmann’s side sit 3rd in the German top-flight.
Highlights: Koln 2-RB Leipzig 4
Julian Nagelsmann on Werner
Amongst those on the scoresheet for Leipzig on Monday evening was Timo Werner.
The hitman has enjoyed a sensational 2019/20 campaign to date, with his strike vs Koln having taken the 24-year-old’s tally to a staggering 25 goals in 29 league outings this term.
With those kind of numbers, it is easy to see why soon-to-be Premier league champions Liverpool have been heavily linked with Werner of late, with a report last month having even claimed that Jurgen Klopp held a virtual meeting with the German around Easter time.
And, as mentioned above, it seems as though Leipzig’s boss is resigned to losing his top scorer in the near future.
When drawn on Werner potentially departing the Red Bull Arena following his side’s victory over Koln, Julian Nagelsmann stated:
“There is nothing we can do about it. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me.
“I show him that — he gets many chances to develop himself. I don’t know if it will help him that much if I tell him every day.
“A player has to feel that he can get better. If he doesn’t feel that, it wouldn’t do any good if I kept on telling him to stay here.
“In the end, it is his life, his career, he can decide that. I can’t think of anything new to say to Timo.”
Quotes via the Evening Standard.