LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: Timo Werner of Leipzig reacts during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Red Bull Arena on January 19, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick admits it will be difficult to hold on to Timo Werner if Bayern Munich are indeed serious about signing him

The German striker’s contract at Leipzig will expire in June 2020 and he has recently been strongly linked with a move to Bayern over the past month as he considers his next move for the future.

Leipzig chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has already warned Werner he will be sold unless he signs a new deal – which could mean a potential summer exit for the 22-year-old.

Speaking after Leipzig’s 1-0 defeat to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Rangnick confessed that convincing Werner to commit his long-term future at the Red Bull Arena may prove to be a tough task if Bayern’s interest is serious.

“I see him in perfect hands with us for the next to or three years,” Rangnick told Sky.

“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult. But it also depends on his priorities.”

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The 60-year-old confirmed that Leipzig will go ahead with their plan to sell Werner if he chooses not to sign a new deal.

“He has one year left of his contract with us, and we have made a clear agreement that he will not start the new season with us unless he signs an extension,” added Rangnick.

A 19th-minute goal on Saturday from Axel Witsel proved to be the difference between Dortmund and Leipzig, who remain in fourth place in the standings on 31 points from 18 games.

Rangnick’s side will next take on Fortuna Duesseldorf next Sunday for another league match as they look to hold on to their slender one-point advantage over fifth-place Eintracht Frankfurt for the remaining Champions League qualification spot.

Meanwhile, Werner has managed 11 goals and two assists in 18 league appearances this season and sits fifth in the scoring charts.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the highly-rated German attacker in recent months.