French defender reacts to Liverpool transfer rumours

By | March 31, 2021

RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate has claimed that he is not concerned about recent rumours over a proposed transfer to Liverpool.

German outfits have already seen Bayern Munich trigger Dayot Upamecano’s release clause, and the Merseyside Reds have now reportedly agreed to fork out the £34m needed to prise French defender away from Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the summer.

However, the 6ft 4in defender – currently on international duty with the France U-21 side – has affirmed that he is only worried about his endeavours on the move rather than off it.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Konate said: “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.”

The 21-year-old has played the full 90 minutes as France U-21s overcame Russia Under-21s 2-0 in the European Championships on Sunday, however, he has only played nine Bundesliga games during an injury-hit season.

Liverpool also tried to sign Dayot Upamecano, however, he has ended up signing for Bayern Munich.