By James Strudwick

Midfield star Naby Keita has revealed he rejected several top Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool, over the summer in favour of a move to Germany.

The 21-year-old revealed that he turned down the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal in favour of a move to RB Leipzig, where his contract lasts until 2020.

Since moving to Germany, the Guinean midfielder has had a successful start to life in the Bundesliga, scoring three times in six appearances.

“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me and Liverpool as well, although I did not speak with their coach,” Keita told SportNet.

“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now.”

Before moving to Germany, Keita was at Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg for two years, making 80 appearances and netting 20 goals in all competitions, winning a league and cup double for both the seasons he was there.

The youngster made his debut for his native Guinea in 2014 against Mali in an African Nations Championship qualifying match and has 12 caps and three goals for his national side.


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