Bundesliga manager responds to reports of Spurs approach for midfielder

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Dom Le Roy

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has played down reports suggesting that Marcel Sabitzer has asked to leave the club.

The Austrian midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with Bild claiming earlier this week that the North Londoners have already initiated contact over a possible summer deal.

The report suggested that Sabitzer has already decided he does not want to renew his contract ahead of his deal expiring next summer, with the Bundesliga club wanting €42million (£36million) if they are to allow their captain to leave.

Nagelsmann admitted that it is normal for many clubs to be monitoring the 27-year-old and has claimed that there is nothing certain about his future.

Sabitzer was said in December to have been identified as a potential replacement for Dele Alli who was linked with a potential reunion with Mauricio Pochettino as Paris Saint-Germain (Evening Standard).

The midfielder, who can operate in the middle of the park or on the right-hand side has scored seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions this season, providing six assists (transfermarkt).

“With Sabi nothing is certain, neither in one nor in the other direction,” Nagelsmann told Bild.

“His contract with us runs until 2022. It is normal that many clubs deal with him,” he added.

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