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Ibrahima Konate breaks silence on £34m Liverpool transfer and reveals his phone has been ‘ringing all over the place’


IBRAHIMA KONATE’S phone has been ‘ringing all over the place’ since strong Liverpool links emerged this morning.

The RB Leipzig star is currently away on international duty with France Under-21s.

Ibrahima Konate has been heavily linked with Liverpool

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Ibrahima Konate has been heavily linked with LiverpoolCredit: Getty

But while he aims to progress through the group stage of the European Championships, a major bombshell surrounding his future has dropped.

The Athletic claim that Liverpool have made ‘significant progress’ in talks with RB Leipzig over a £34million move for the centre-back.

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Asked about the reports by L’Equipe, he responded: “I woke up, I saw my phone ringing all over the place.

“I just wanted to tell them, ‘Hey, I played yesterday, I’m tired, leave me alone.’

“Frankly, I don’t even watch this.

“We can’t focus on that, there are the Euros and then my return to the club.

“You have to focus on that and not on the external things.”

Konate, 21, played the full 90 minutes as the young Bleus defeated Russia in Hungary on Sunday.

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Konate, 21, helped France U-21s beat Russia on Sunday

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Konate, 21, helped France U-21s beat Russia on SundayCredit: Reuters

The centre-back has been tracked by a number of big clubs around Europe, including Arsenal.

And, alongside Bayern Munich-bound Dayot Upamecano he has impressed – despite persistent injury issues.

Konate has made only 17 Bundesliga appearances since the start of last season, having suffered from a muscle tear and an ankle issue.

Konate has built a solid reputation alongside Dayot Upamecano

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Konate has built a solid reputation alongside Dayot UpamecanoCredit: Getty

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