RB Leipzig of Germany winger, Ademola Lookman has received a vote of confidence from one of the club’s top officials, as the managing director, Oliver Mintzlaff, believes the Nigerian-born lad is still committed to the team and can still help them shine this season, megasportsarena.com reports.
This is in contrast with reports earlier this week that Lookman could be heading back to Britain to join Newcastle United of England in the January transfer window, due to loss of form, but the fresh verdict from Mintzlaff is that the German Bundesliga club will not sell the ex-Everton star.
Rather than think of a deal for Lookman at Newcastle or any other club in the English Premier League, where Aston Villa and Crystal Palace also said to be keen on the crafty England youth intentional, Mintzlaff insisted Leipzig will not loan the lad out in the January transfer window.
He pointed out that Leipzig only signed Lookman on a permanent basis from Everton in the past summer, on the strength of his heroics with the team during his loan spell two seasons ago and, although his second spell in Germany has not been successful and replete with lack of regular playing opportunities, Mintzlaff stressed that the youngster is going nowhere.
The GM also recounted that Lookman cost Leipzig in the region of 18 million euros when he was acquired from Everton in July 2019, hence his verdict that the lad is not for sale, and further put it straight that Lookman will be spending the remainder of this season at Red Bull Arena.
Mintzlaff told Sky Deutschland: “It was certainly not an easy first round for him. Nonetheless, we believe in him and his quality. So we will certainly not loan Ademola Lookman. Ademola is a player who has already proven to us that he has a lot of quality.”