RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer is trying to convince Marcel Sabitzer to stay at the club.
|Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Gabor Krieg|
Konrad Laimer has joked he won't let teammate and fellow Austrian international Marcel Sabitzer depart RB Leipzig this summer.
Sabitzer has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks, with reports claiming that he wants to leave this summer.
But Laimer, who hasn't made a single appearance this season due to an ankle fracture, is doing his part to ensure Sabitzer stays for another season.
"Don't worry about it. I won't let 'Sabi' go," he jokingly said in an interview with Leipziger Volkszeitung.
"I've already told him that he can't leave after what has been such a lousy season for me. I want to be on the grass alongside him for at least another year," added Laimer.
With regards to his own recovery process, Laimer said he is hoping to return to action before the end of the season.
"I'm pain-free, feel good and can do everything on the pitch, including parts of team training," said the defensive midfielder.
"My goal is to play football this season. First and foremost, there are still a few great games and tasks ahead with RB.
"And if everything goes perfectly, featuring for the Austrian national team could be a possibility as well," added Laimer with a look ahead to this summer's European Championship.