The new sports director Max Eberl has commented on the speculation about Christopher Nkunku and Konrad Laimer staying at RB Leipzig. The fact that “there is of course a great deal of interest in Nkunku and there is a lot of talk, that’s the way it is. Accordingly, there is a threat,” said the 49-year-old at his presentation on Friday.
Konrad Laimer, who has been repeatedly linked with Bayern Munich and whose contract expires in the summer, has not yet made a decision, according to Eberl. “If it were only one percent, then I would fight for that one percent, like I’ve always done,” emphasized Eberl.
However, he doesn’t expect any major changes in the winter transfer window: “We want to go into the second half of the season with this squad. Which means that we probably won’t add any more players either.”
Basically, Eberl is happy about his new job. “I have a lot of energy again,” he said.
Family and friends have played a major role in the past eleven months, said Eberl. “A lot has happened” since leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of January. He “had the best time of his life”, which was very “enlightening”.
For him, Leipzig is “also a decision for a club that offers incredible opportunities, has incredible conditions,” emphasized Eberl, who started his new job on December 1: “These are things I dreamed of in Gladbach, to be able to have them someday.”
But there were also structures and processes there that “I think worked very well and I’ll try to bring them in here,” said Eberl. He had a “great time” in Gladbach, but the chapter is “closed now”.