Liverpool target Brandt explains Leverkusen stay

Germany winger Julian Brandt has explained why he has resisted interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich this summer.

The Bayer Leverkusen winger did not want to take the ‘risk’ of not playing first-team football in the season before a World Cup.

Brandt is currently at the Confederations Cup with Germany and told Kicker:

“My gut as well as my mind tell me that the right moment for a transfer is not there yet.

“I am still young, but also in my fourth year – I feel responsible for the bad season. I therefore see it as my duty to bring the club back where it belongs and for me that means among the top six.

“Of course there are players who say a year without European football ahead of the World Cup is a reason to change clubs.

“But a transfer to a bigger club is also taking a risk one year ahead of the World Cup. You have to settle in there and possibly you don’t get so much game time.”

There are suggestions that Liverpool will return for Brandt next summer, while reports on Monday claimed that RB Leipzig will only sell midfield target Naby Keita for £70m.