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Julian Nagelsmann outlines strategy to keep hold of Timo Werner

By Henrik Petersen

RB Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann is trying to convince Timo Werner to stay beyond the summer, but not by using words.

Timo Werner and Julian Nagelsmann.
Timo Werner and Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann says he hasn't spoken to Timo Werner to try to persuade him to stay at the club.

The 24-year-old has a €55 million release clause in his contract and is continuously being linked with a move away from Red Bull Arena.

Nagelsmann is still trying to convince his star player to stay, but in an indirect way.

"I try to let my actions speak for me," the RB Leipzig coach said at the pre-match press conference ahead of Monday's game against FC Köln and added:

"He knows what he has in Leipzig, he hopefully knows what he has in me. I know what I have in him, and I try to show him that, just like I do with Dayot Upamecano, by letting him start every game and by giving him lots of chances to develop.

"I'm trying to give him plenty of chances to develop further. But the player himself must feel that he can still improve here. If he doesn't feel that way, there's no point in telling him to stay every day. It's his life, his career, so it's up to him to decide what he wants."

Werner has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, but 'The Reds' aren't planning to trigger his release clause before it expires on June 15, according to Sport Bild.

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