Bundesliga

Leipzig to offer Werner new deal to ward off Real Madrid interest

The Bundesliga club's chairman, Oliver Mintzlaff, revealed that the in-demand Germany striker has no release clause in his current contract.

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Leipzig to offer Werner new deal to ward off Real Madrid interest
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RB Leipzig chairman Oliver Mintzlaff has responded to reports that Real Madrid are sniffing around his star striker Timo Werner and said that the Bundesliga club’s top priority is to tie the 21-year-old Germany striker down to an extended contract at the Red Bull Arena.

He has a contract until 2020 and he is in his element here,” Mintzlaff said in an interview with television programme Sky90 ahead of Leipzig’s debut Champions League match against Monaco. The Leipzig chairman also revealed that Werner has no minimum release clause in his current deal.

"We can offer Timo the chance to continue his development"

We are playing in the Champions League and as such we can offer Timo the chance to continue his development here. We are taking everything in a relaxed manner,” Mintzlaff added.

Speaking of Werner’s “incredible development” over the past year, scoring 25 times in just 36 official games for Leipzig, Mintzlaff noted that it would be difficult to keep the player in Leipzig if they do not consistently qualify for the Champions League, but that if they do “he will have an appropriate platform to continue his development with us.”