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Before the COVID 19 outbreak RB Leipzig were keen on getting a deal done to send striker Timo Werner to one of the top teams outside of Germany. Now, well over a month after play has stopped across Europe, the team feels that they very confident they will retain the services of their future superstar.
"I'm deeply relaxed about Werner," said Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff to Sky Sports Germany. "He hasn't signaled yet that he wants to leave at the end of the season and he doesn't have to. He has a contract until 2023."
This is a tone that is drastically different to that of pre-pandemic Leipzig who were already preparing replacements for their top goal scorer. The loan deal that brought Patrik Schick to the club from Roma was a sign of that preparation. The team was seemingly ready to move on but now appear to have bolstered their chances of competing for Germany's top prize due to circumstance.
Werner himself has been quiet off the field but intense and effective on the pitch. He has scored 27 goals in all competitions and helped his team qualify for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. It is without question that the young German is the second best player behind Robert Lewandowski and could overtake him in the next year.
Staying at Leipzig isn't a bad move at this point. The East German club has situated itself as one of the rising stars in world football. They have become contenders for Europe's top prize after easily defeating last year's runner up, Tottenham Hotspur, and have pushed an aging Bayern Munich to their limit in the Bundesliga. It seems like only a matter of time should an outside force not rip away their best players.