RB Leipzig have denied midfielder Naby Keita is trying to force through an early move to Premier League side Liverpool in January.
With the transfer window having re-opened, there have been rumours the Guinea international has become unsettled at the Red Bull Arena and asked to join the Reds six months earlier than the agreed-upon terms.
Keita signed a lucrative deal with the Merseyside giants after they reportedly activated the £48 million release clause in his contract.
However, Die Bullen CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has denied the paper talk, telling Bild: “There are contracts, and they say that he will be a Liverpool employee from July 1 onwards.
“It’s not Naby’s disposition [to save himself]. Our pros have character and are ambitious.
“I am not worried. In 2018, I expect everyone to step up with maximum mentality, force and character. That’s what makes us strong, and that’s what we need for a successful Ruckrunde.
“We want to achieve a lot, want to return to Europe and would love to again qualify for Champions League.”