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'It would be a lie to say you'd not like to play for Man United or Man City'

Timo Werner has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after talents and admits that he would welcome a future move to an elite side

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

RB LEIPZIG STRIKER Timo Werner has offered transfer hope to the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.

The 21-year-old German striker has shot to prominence over the last 18 months, with a move in the summer of 2016 having offered him the perfect stage on which to thrive.

Having never been prolific after breaking through at Stuttgart, Werner has netted 37 times in just 61 appearances for Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

That return, coupled with his obvious future potential, has attracted admiring glances from afar and the Germany international has now left the door open for a high-profile switch to be made.

“If you take Germany, it would be a lie to say that you would not like to play for Bayern,” he said on the mounting interest being shown in the player from leading sides across Europe.

“It would be a lie to say in England you’d not like to play for Manchester United or Manchester City.

Fussball Laenderspiel/ Freundschaftsspiel/ Germany - Frankreich 2:2 Source: DPA/PA Images

“Spain — Barca or Real. There are great clubs in every league. Italy or France would not be my leagues, but the other three.

“There are so many clubs you’d like to play for. I don’t want to tie myself down. I’ll see what happens.”

While Werner is allowing himself to think about the future, his present is tied to Leipzig on a contract through to 2020.

His current club care understandably reluctant to part with such talent and have opened discussions regarding fresh terms.

Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick has told Kicker of the speculation surrounding Werner: “Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season.

Fussball 1. Bundesliga/ RB Leipzig - FSV FSV Mainz 05 Source: Jan Kuppert/SVEN SIMON

“We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.”

Werner has also suggested that he will stick around for at least one more year, with his focus currently locked on the 2017-18 campaign and a possible World Cup challenge.

He added: “The new season is still far away.

“We have big goals with RB, want to qualify for Champions League. Hopefully, I’ll go the World Cup after that, and only then I will think about the future.

“Right now, I feel good here at Leipzig. My contract says that I should, must, can, will play here for another two years. That’s why there are no other thoughts.”

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