The Daily Mail captured Ragnick’s comments after Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Bayern yesterday, where he openly discussed the rumors surrounding Werner. Rangnick thinks that the best path forward for Werner is still with RB Leipzig. He argues that the club would offer a great environment for Werner’s continued development, especially under incoming coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann, of course, will take over the reigns at Leipzig for the 2019/2020 season after finishing this season at Hoffenheim.
At the moment he is in the best hands with us. I believe we said enough in the past about that subject. He has a contract until 2020 and he has a signature-ready extension of his contract on his table. He will think about that over Christmas and the winter break now. If he is well advised, I assume, since I know his agent for a long time, then he knows what he has here in Leipzig. I also do not think that this career development that he has made would have happened at any other club. That’s why I assume he will stay with us. You will see what will be in three or four years. At the moment he is in the best hands with us.
Interestingly, the Daily Mail also repeated reports that both Bayern Munich FC Barcelona have been linked to Werner of late.
The 22-year-old pacey forward has been a long-term target for the Bundesliga champions and reports recently suggested he was on Barcelona’s radar. The Germany international appears keen on a move to Munich but has also said he is in no rush to make a decision on his immediate future.
Regardless, Werner will continue to add suitors to his list if he continues to produce at his current rate. With 10 goals in the Bundesliga and 12 across all competitions, Werner has the pace and scoring touch to be an attractive target to many top-tier clubs in Europe.