Hasenhuttl: Werner won’t join Real

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Timo Werner has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, as Los Blancos continue to monitor the Leipzig striker, but the German side wish to retain their valuable asset

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has denied the rumours about Timo Werner moving to Madrid either in January or next summer. The manager, who has been linked with taking over at Bayern, said he doesn’t even take Real’s offer seriously. Maybe he should, as Zinedine Zidane could use some help back in Madrid and we all know Los Blancos have a deep pocket.

The 21-year-old is considered to be one of the brightest talents in the German top-flight, and he has backed those claims up. Werner has been a crucial part of Leipzig’s rapid rise to Bundesliga success, as the German striker has already scored 28 times in just 42 league games since he joined Hasenhuttl’s side from Stuttgart last summer.

According to GOAL, La Liga and Champions League holders Madrid have been linked with a move for Werner, though reports have suggested they are ready to pull the plug on a transfer because of an ear problem that forced him off due to dizziness in Leipzig’s Champions League clash with Besiktas in September.

“In winter nor in summer: We will keep Timo Werner with us. We are in intensive talks with his advisor,” Hasenhuttl said despite rumours of his player leaving for Spain.

When asked about the reports in the Spanish media of Madrid’s interest in Werner, the Leipzig manager added: “These are things I do not take seriously.”

Even if that deal doesn’t go through now, the German side need to keep their eyes open, as Werner has a contract with Leipzig until 2020, and if they don’t extend his deal, the youngster might be on the move for free in a few years.