RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has said Naby Keita has not asked for an early transfer to Liverpool *and has dismissed* concerns the midfielder's commitment could wane in his final months at the club.

In August, Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Keita next summer for a "a significantly higher transfer fee" than his €55 million release clause.

However, Mintzlaff played down the prospect that the 22-year-old could make the switch to Anfield in January.

"Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter," the Leipzig chief told Bild. "There are contracts, and they say that he will be a Liverpool employee from July 1 onwards."

Leipzig, who finished runners-up last season in their first-ever Bundesliga campaign, are currently battling to ensure they qualify for the Champions League.