Ralf Rangnick is set to take over a new position at RB Leipzig as Head of Sport and Soccer Development” across all of the Red Bull clubs, but his eyes are currently focusing on Timo Werner’s transfer saga.
Rangnick does not want to see Werner leave for a variety of reasons and seems intent on trying to convince the 23-year-old to extend his stay with Leipzig. In an interview with kicker, Rangnick stated that he believes that Werner should extend his deal with Werner, but that Werner seems eager to move on.
Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract, but so far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him.
Rangnick also cautioned that Werner could face a tough time from the fans in East Germany should be enter a lame duck season without a firm commitment to Die Roten Bullen.
It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out.
Until Rangnick officially moves into his new position, his focus will be on Werner.
Until June 30, I will still be sporting director, and as long as I do, I will try to find a solution that makes sense for everyone involved. I still believe that it’s not a good idea for Timo to go into a final contract year. Depending on his performance, this could also be difficult with the fans, which would be a shame because he has developed into a darling of the crowd.
Bayern Munich and Liverpool have each been linked to Werner, but the once red-hot rumors surrounding a move by Werner to either of those clubs has cooled as both teams are in the midst of trying to deal with players currently on their respective rosters.
In the end, Rangnick firmly believes that Werner should stay with Leipzig.
My opinion is that Timo fits best here, also in terms of style of play. If I were his agent or father, I would clearly advise him to stay and extend his contract. When a really big club comes in for him and he wants to leave, he can still do that.
Despite still having the Werner on his mind, Rangnick has also been rumored to be a candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. While he did not comment on that in the kicker piece, Rangnick’s focus could shift rather quickly if he opts to make a move.