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Konate drops another response on links to Liverpool

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Amid recent transfer speculation, Ibrahima Konate has given the latest update on reports linking him with a move to Liverpool.

Ibrahima Konate insists he has not had any contact with Liverpool and intends to see out his contract at RB Leipzig.

The France Under-21 international was heavily linked with a move to Anfield last month amid reports the Premier League side were ready to activate a €40m release clause in the defender’s contract.

However, Konate says neither he nor his agent have spoken to the Merseyside club and that he still has ambitions to fulfil in Germany.

Speaking to Bild about his future, Konate said: “I have a contract until 2023. And contracts are there to be fulfilled.”

On the link with Liverpool, he added: “There are often rumours in football and many believe them immediately.

“Neither I nor my agents got a call from Liverpool. I also have big goals with RB Leipzig. These are currently achieving the best possible finish in the Bundesliga, reaching the cup final and the U21 European Championship with France.”

Konate also dismissed suggestions he was a natural successor to team-mate Dayot Upamecano, who will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

“No, I don’t want to be Dayot’s successor. I’m me,” he said. “We both came to Leipzig in 2017 and played well together here. Unfortunately, our paths are now parting. I’ll leave Dayot to the new job and continue doing my thing here.”

Despite signing Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies in January, Liverpool are believed to still be in search of defensive reinforcements and could well still be on the lookout for another addition.