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Timo Werner may not join Bayern Munich after all

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RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick revealed that Timo Werner may not end up at Bayern Munich for next season after all.

Werner is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich all season.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff had announced in January he would sell Werner if he refuses to sign a contract extension. His current deal will expire in June 2020.

Fellow German side Borussia Dortmund, along with Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham, have also been linked with moves for Werner in the summer.

But Bayern are understood to be firm favourites to sign the Germany international, with reports suggesting a deal could be settled after the DFB Pokal final between the Bavarians and Leipzig on May 25.

However, Rangnick has now suggested Werner may end up staying at Leipzig.

“I can’t rule out that Timo will stay until 2020. It’s not our dream scenario, but I can’t exclude that it will happen,” Rangnick told Bild.

“We’ll see in the summer whether Timo will leave – or whether he will get to play for us in the Champions League under Julian Nagelsmann.”

Werner has managed 19 goals and 11 assists in 35 matches for Leipzig this season.

The 23-year-old’s former Leipzig team-mate Naby Keita had recently expressed an interest in his friend joining at Liverpool for next season.

“We played really well together at Leipzig and he was one of my best mates,” the Guinean midfielder told Bild.

“It’s clear, should he move, then I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”

Fellow forward Sadio Mane is also in favour of the move after seeing Werner in action for Leipzig frequently.

“I’d advise him to join Liverpool,” he said.

“I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finisher, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team.”

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Timo Werner of Leipzig celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Rani Khedira, Naby Deco Keita, Diego Demme and Marcel Halstenberg of Leipzig during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and 1. FC Koeln at Red Bull Arena on February 25, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)