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Highly-rated French star responds to Liverpool’s links

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Out of the blue, multiple reports on Monday morning revealed that RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate is nearing a move to Liverpool.

Ibrahima Konate has spoken for the first time since news broke that Liverpool were closing in on a deal to sign the RB Leipzig defender.

The youngster is currently away with the French under-21s at the European Championships.

Jurgen Klopp is hoping to conclude a deal to take the 21-year-old to Anfield at the end of the season.

The Reds have been engulfed in a defensive crisis this term with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ruled out with long-term problems.

Temporary cover was brought in in January, with Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies joining the ranks. However, Klopp now wants a long-term solution.

Konate is currently trying to help France’s under-21s through the group stages in Hungary. But his phone has not stopped calling today with talk of his future up in the air.

As per The Athletic, Liverpool are closing in on a move and could trigger the defender’s €40m release clause.

Speaking for the first time, Konate has responded to rumors of a possible summer move to Anfield.

He told L’Equipe: “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.”