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Konate speaks out following claims Liverpool are finalising deal for defender

Ibrahima Konate

Ibrahima Konate has spoken out amid claims that Liverpool are closing in on a deal for the defender.

Konate’s Leipzig stint

Konate joined RB Leipzig on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 from French outfit, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

And the 21-year-old has since gone on to garner 89 appearances for Die Roten Bullen, including 15 thus far this season.

Konate is fast, powerful and good with the ball at his feet. The France under-21 international is also rumoured to have a release clause of just €40m this summer, which – given his age, experience and ability – could represent a real bargain in the modern market.

Konate responds to Liverpool links

And now, it appears as though one top European side are keen to take advantage of this fee.

As per a report from the highly reliable David Ornstein on Monday, Liverpool are working to finalise a deal for the Leipzig standout.

Ornstein adds that a deal is not done, but significant progress has been made:

Amid such reports, meanwhile, Konate himself has since spoken out.

However, the Frenchman didn’t appear too pleased with the speculation surrounding his name, confirming that he pays such matters little attention, before suggesting that he needs to focus on his current situation, rather than external factors:

“I woke up, I saw my phone ringing all over the place. I just wanted to tell them, Hey, I played yesterday, I’m tired, leave me alone.”

“Frankly, I don’t even watch this. We can’t focus on that, there are the Euros and then my return to the club. You have to focus on that and not on the external things.”

Quotes via the Daily Mail.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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