Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski cannot get any better so only needs to train to keep fit, according to RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.

Lewandowski scored a career-best 55 goals in 47 games as Bayern won a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble last season.

The 32-year-old will be expected to play a key role once again as the Bavarian giants go in search of a ninth straight league title in 2020-21.

Nagelsmann believes Lewandowski is at a point in his career where he can simply focus on keeping himself fresh for the demands of the season, a luxury players at Leipzig cannot afford.

"With all due respect, Robert Lewandowski doesn't really have to train anything anymore," Nagelsmann told Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.

"He can do everything. He just has to train in such a way that he's fresh and ready for the weekend.

"In addition, we can no longer pick from the top shelf of internationally coveted young players. At this point, [Borussia] Dortmund and Bayern are ahead of us. Therefore, we will not be able to catch these teams if things go normally."

Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga last season and, after losing attacking duo Timo Werner and Patrik Schick, Nagelsmann simply hopes his young squad does not go backwards.

"If we were fifth or sixth, it would be disappointing for everyone involved. I put this pressure on myself," he said.

"You have to take into account the performance gaps with young players. There will be point losses and you will find it difficult to get to the top."

Bayern will open the new Bundesliga season at home against Schalke on Friday, with Leipzig's first game against Mainz scheduled for Sunday.

Dayot Upamecano will not be leaving RB Leipzig this year, but head coach Julian Nagelsmann accepts the club may not be able to resist offers at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal after an impressive 2019-20 campaign for Champions League semi-finalists Leipzig.

He recently admitted to talking to other clubs despite appearing to end speculation over his future by signing a new three-year deal with the Bundesliga side at the end of July.

And Nagelsmann concedes it may prove too difficult to keep hold of the highly rated centre-back - who scored for France on his second appearance on Tuesday - in next year's window.

"He will be here for the season. I'm sure about that," Nagelsmann told ESPN. "As for the future, I'm not sure as he is very talented.

"Lots of clubs will want to buy - perhaps next season it could be real that he leaves the club. But this season he will stay."

Leipzig sold their all-time top scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea in June and have seen an array of other first-team stars linked with the exit after last season's exploits.

However, Nagelsmann has no complaints about bigger teams pouncing for his players and says it is down to his club to continue developing more talent.

"It is normal when you work with young guys that clubs will try and find young talented guys in the transfer market," he said. 

"It is normal that bigger clubs will try and buy these players. You have to deal with that, you've got to be one step forward when you buy new players or find new players. 

"Our scouting should be good and we have made a lot of good decisions in the transfer market."

Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga last season and begin their 2020-21 campaign with a home match against Mainz 05 on September 20.

Julian Nagelsmann has been tipped as a possible Real Madrid head coach of the future after guiding RB Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals.

The acclaim came from his predecessor at Leipzig, Ralf Rangnick, who until recently was also in charge of sport and development at Red Bull.

Rangnick has been impressed by how 33-year-old Nagelsmann has fared in his first season as Leipzig boss, with the former Hoffenheim head coach leading the team to third place in the Bundesliga.

Their European adventure ground to a halt with a semi-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, but Leipzig and Nagelsmann will be back for another tilt at the Champions League in 2020-21.

"I believe he could do Real Madrid," Rangnick told German newspaper Bild. "I think it's very possible that he could go to a better or even bigger club [than Leipzig], if he wants that."

Nagelsmann has previously been linked with the Santiago Bernabeu top job, claiming in 2018 he had turned down an opportunity to step into the role.

The young boss, whose daring fashion sense has also caught the eye, said after the PSG defeat he felt great pride in his players following their run to the final four, having knocked out the likes of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid along the way.

As Nagelsmann said on Tuesday: "If we look at the attackers of PSG [Neymar and Kylian Mbappe], both of them cost more than our squad, so we will see what we can do with transfers. We don't have that much money to spend."

Nagelsmann's transfer pot may have been boosted by the sale of Timo Werner to Chelsea, but the young Germany forward was a special talent and will be difficult to replace, no matter what funds Leipzig have available.

Rangnick, whose widely anticipated move to Milan failed to come to fruition, addressed the disparity between the finances at PSG and the structure Leipzig are working within.

"I'm not someone who says that the finances are everything," Rangnick said.

"But you still have to bear in mind that the entire Paris squad will probably cost five times as much as the squad in Leipzig."

Julian Nagelsmann conceded Paris Saint-Germain deserved to progress to the final of the Champions League and highlighted key errors made by his RB Leipzig side in a 3-0 semi-final defeat.

The Bundesliga side's surprise bid for a place in the final fell at the last hurdle after Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat were on target for Thomas Tuchel's men.

Marquinhos headed in the 13th-minute opener from Di Maria's sublime free-kick but the subsequent goals owed much to defensive lapses and uncharacteristic mis-steps from Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

"I think at the end, the ticket to the final for PSG is well deserved," Nagelsmann told BT Sport.

"For the first 10 or 12 minutes, we did well. We were in the game – good opening moments, good counter-attacks, in the final third we were a bit too hectic.

"Then we get the free-kick and the goal. After that we need five minutes to get back in the game. That was okay and then immediately we get the second goal.

"Then it's hard to get back into the game because PSG have so much quality. At the end, they were the better team.

"You have to accept it, it's hard. But football is like that."

Leipzig started brightly but it was hard to escape the conclusion that recently departed Germany forward Timo Werner was sorely missed as they lacked cutting edge in attack.

"In the first 10 minutes we had three or four good moments to open up the game. We made two or three big mistakes," Nagelsmann said.

"When we conceded the second goal the belief of our players went down a little bit. I think that's normal, but it gets a little bit more complicated.

"It was a question of character, we did it well in the second half but with no big finishing moments."

It will now be a quick turnaround for Leipzig before they begin preparations for the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign, but Nagelsmann insisted they will come to reflect fondly upon a Champions League bid that saw them beat the likes of Benfica, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

"At the end it’s not that easy to think about the good season we did in the Champions League but in one week it will be okay," he added.

"We'll try to do it again in the next seasons. We'll send the players home for one week and then we have to try and do it again in the Bundesliga."

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann does not believe Pep Guardiola made a mistake by making tactical tweaks to his Manchester City side in their surprise defeat to Lyon.

City exited the Champions League on Saturday, with Lyon progressing to the last four – where they will meet an imperious-looking Bayern Munich – with a 3-1 win.

Raheem Sterling missed a glorious opportunity when City were 2-1 down, with Moussa Dembele subsequently making sure of Lyon's progression with his second goal.

Seemingly in an attempt to match Lyon's system, Guardiola switched to a 3-4-3 shape for Saturday's clash.

But his tinkering backfired, with Guardiola coming in for some criticism for altering the system, while Lyon coach Rudi Garcia claimed his side "won the tactical battle."

Nagelsmann, however, insists it was individual moments, rather than the tactics, which ultimately cost City.

"The idea he basically had was not too complicated," Nagelsmann, who often alternates between using a back three and back four, told a news conference ahead of Leipzig's semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

"Whether 3-4-3 or 4-3-3, I don't think that is that crucial for a Kevin De Bruyne.

"In the end, it's individual situations. In my opinion, it is a bit too easy to always blame the formation for something like that.

"If City had won, everyone would have said 'world-class tactics!' Now he has surprised everyone.' It's a tightrope.

"In a knockout game you often have to make tactical adjustments that you might not make in the league. If necessary, you can take a point with you. That doesn't work in the Champions League. Every coach has to be there to find your own way."

Leipzig booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, while PSG overcame Atalanta in dramatic fashion.

Nagelsmann is expecting a stern challenge, especially with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both likely to start for PSG, yet believes his side are playing with more verve and resilience than they showed in the closing stages of the Bundesliga season.

"I think that in the Bundesliga the players were tired and struggling to catch up," he said. "They were strange times. 

"They are hungry for victory and against Atletico Madrid it was possible to see that. We are happy, but we still want to take more steps and the players are prepared.

"[PSG's] quality is very high, so it will be a collective effort. We will try to impose our game and be brave. We want to try to put them under pressure, we have this potential, with many young players, and we are going to show it."

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann dismissed talk about winning the Champions League title after his side upstaged Atletico Madrid to reach the semi-finals.

Tyler Adams' deflected strike with two minutes of regulation remaining saw Leipzig top Atletico 2-1 in Lisbon on Thursday.

Dani Olmo's 50th-minute opener was cancelled out by Atletico star Joao Felix's penalty with 19 minutes remaining, but Adams' 88th-minute effort proved the last word as Leipzig reached the last four of the competition for the first time.

Leipzig will face Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's semi after becoming the first German club outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to make it to the semi-finals since Schalke in 2010-11.

Speaking post-match, Nagelsmann told reporters: "I'm not going to say anything about the title. But of course, we do want to reach the final now.

"That's just normal, I think. If we get there, we can speak about other things."

"The team as a whole beat Tottenham [in the last 16] before and now Atletico," said Nagelsmann. "It's not about duels between coaches – not against [Jose] Mourinho, not against [Diego] Simeone and now not against [PSG coach Thomas] Tuchel either. It is a team game and the guys did brilliantly today."

Nagelsmann also revealed he had a half-time spat with Diego Simeone, though the 33-year-old German played down the incident as he hailed the Atletico boss.

"Simeone congratulated me afterwards, it was very sincere. He said, it was a great game and a deserved wind for us," added Nagelsmann.

"At half-time we had a little spat, but that wasn't very serious. He's just an incredible winner who even wants to win on the way to the dressing room.

"But that's not bad, I actually want to point out that I think he's personality as a coach is awesome. So, everything's fine."

Julian Nagelsmann was delighted with RB Leipzig's stunning Champions League win over Atletico Madrid but was keen to quickly turn his focus towards semi-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain.

Leipzig reached the last four of Europe's elite club competition after Tyler Adams' 88th-minute strike – deflected beyond Jan Oblak – clinched a 2-1 victory on Thursday.

The Bundesliga side were good value for their success despite seeing Dani Olmo's opener cancelled out by Joao Felix, who won and converted a penalty inside the last 20 minutes.

The win represents surely the greatest moment in Leipzig's short history, yet head coach Nagelsmann acknowledged there was little time to celebrate.

"There are great emotions for my club, for my team," the 33-year-old told BT Sport. "I'm very proud of my team. They did very well, and I'm happy as well.

"But as a manager, you have to look forward and look at the next game, prepare the next game, the next opponent.

"We did not have a lot of time to celebrate this victory, but perhaps we will drink a beer together in the hotel and then tomorrow we'll focus on PSG."

Taking on a PSG side containing star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe appears a daunting task.

But Leipzig defended well against Atleti, with centre-back Dayot Upamecano particularly outstanding in a man-of-the-match display, and Nagelsmann believes they can combat the threat of the Ligue 1 titleholders.

"We have to be very fast in the defensive line, but you could see today that Upamecano and [Lukas] Klostermann are very fast," he said. "They defended very well.

"There will be situations where you cannot defend these guys on your own. You saw it yesterday: Atalanta tried to cover them man on man and it's not that easy. If you lose a duel, they have numbers up in the next line.

"There are a lot of stars in this team. It will not be that easy, but we'll try to go to the final."

Leipzig were formed just over 11 years ago but are already Bundesliga and Champions League regulars and can now compete for Europe's top prize.

Nagelsmann explained: "The club develops very fast. Since they reached the Bundesliga, they qualified for the Champions League three times - that's a great result - and we're still in the Champions League of last season.

"The progress is very fast, faster than usual, but they did a lot of good results and good decisions.

"Good players like Yussi [Poulsen] and Emil [Forsberg] played in the third division for RB and are still now in our squad. They did great decisions and that's the result."

Timo Werner's departure does not mean RB Leipzig will be "outnumbered" against Atletico Madrid, with Julian Nagelsmann confident his squad still carries a sufficient goal threat.

Chelsea shelled out a reported £45million (€50m) to secure the signature of Werner, who opted to link up with his new team-mates in west London rather than remain with Leipzig for the rest of their Champions League campaign.

The Germany international scored 34 goals and supplied 12 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga side in 2019-20.

Leipzig consequently head into their quarter-final against Atletico on Thursday without their most potent attacking weapon, but Nagelsmann believes they can still do damage at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

"We don't have to play outnumbered, we will replace [Werner] with a capable player," Nagelsmann told a pre-match news conference.

"I can reveal that 11 will start the game, but I will not reveal who will play instead of him. We have quality.

"Timo would have started tomorrow, but we can replace him and we have the ability to get in front of their goal.

"We have players who didn't play when Werner was here and will now get their chance to show what they can do and score plenty."

Nagelsmann's attacking options could be further limited by Patrik Schick being on the way back from a knee injury, while Marcel Halstenberg has been dealing with a back problem.

"We'll see how they are doing. On Friday they were good; we'll see if they can start and play 90, or if they'll start on the bench," said Nagelsmann.

"If they can play 90 minutes, if they're at 100 per cent is a question for all my players, though, and we'll see that tomorrow."

Atleti have been regulars in the latter stages of the Champions League under Diego Simeone but Nagelsmann feels the fact remaining matches will be played as one-offs rather than over two legs makes up for Leipzig's inexperience in European competition.

"We'll look to play our game, we're focused on ourselves," said the Leipzig boss.

"We know that they have a lot of experience over two legs - but anything can happen in just one game as opposed to two legs. Atleti don't have experience in one-off games, just as we don't in this new Champions League format.

"They're physical, they have a really strong centre-back in the shape of [Jose] Gimenez and [Stefan] Savic next to him. We obviously want to look get down the sides and move the ball out wide and try and find gaps in their backline; we won't change our style.

"There's pressure and nerves. But we want to relax the players and not increase the pressure ahead. There's always tension. We've spoken through different scenarios - if we score, if they score.

"We're focused on the game, it'll be exciting and we want to make the first step and take the lead. We will be ready."

Julian Nagelsmann is confident RB Leipzig will not be impacted by news of positive coronavirus tests in the Atletico Madrid camp.

Atleti revealed on Sunday two individuals had returned positive tests, with the cases then confirmed to be first-team stars Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko.

Neither player will feature against Leipzig in their Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon on Thursday.

But Leipzig coach Nagelsmann is not concerned his team will be affected in any way by the issue ahead of a vital match.

"No, it doesn't affect our preparation for the game in any way," the former Hoffenheim boss said.

"We won't let this news get to us. We go into the week as normal and, as usual, focus our work on Thursday.

"In such cases, UEFA has clear protocols on what to do. The associations have been informed and the minutes are now ticking by.

"There are clear regulations and, if the two cases remain, I assume that there will be no consequences for the game on Thursday."

Midfielder Dani Olmo was also asked about the problem as he spoke to the media on Monday and said: "We are continuing as normal. We are now in Lisbon and we are preparing as before."

Olmo added of facing Atleti: "We know Atletico are a very strong team. They show that every year in the league and in the Champions League.

"But we will focus on our game. We know we have a good chance of going through. Of course, we expect a strong opponent. It's going to be tough, but we'll do our best."

Julian Nagelsmann has revealed he turned down an offer from Real Madrid as it was not the right step for his career.

Then at Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann was on a shortlist of candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018, but Julen Lopetegui was eventually appointed to the post. 

Lopetegui's tenure ended in October that year, however, while Santiago Solari also having a brief spell in charge before Zidane returned in March 2019.

Nagelsmann, meanwhile, opted to join RB Leipzig, taking charge in 2019 and guiding the side to a third-placed finish in the Bundesliga. The 33-year-old has confirmed he decided against joining Madrid, as he thought he was not yet ready to take on a job of such magnitude. 

"We had phone calls, but in the end the one who decided was me," Nagelsmann told Marca ahead of Leipzig's Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid.  

"I believed that it was still not the right step to go to Real Madrid. I was one of the candidates and the list was not very long.  

"For me, it was very important. I had a good chat with [Madrid general director] Jose Angel Sanchez and we decided that it was still not the right step.  

"We agreed that we could talk again in the future if Real Madrid needed a coach, and if I was available." 

Nagelsmann added that Leipzig provided the ideal platform for him to develop as a coach. 

"I wanted the next step to be logical. I try to plan a career in football, even if it is difficult," he said. 

"I'm a young boy, I don't have to go to the top shelf right away either. I give myself time to develop. Leipzig went to great lengths to sign me. That was the most important thing. 

"Relatively fast I had an offer on the table. We had good conversations and I saw that it was a good next step. A bigger club, with a bigger budget than Hoffenheim, which would allow me to continue developing.  

"They have also given me a free hand to introduce my ideas. I do not have to permanently justify what I do, but I have the possibility to evolve and transfer my ideas to the field of play.  

"It was a good next step in my career to prepare myself and in the future, maybe."

Julian Nagelsmann has urged his RB Leipzig players to seize their "big chance" to win the Champions League.   Die Roten Bullen confirmed their place in next year's Champions League and a third-place finish in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win at Augsburg thanks to two goals from outgoing striker Timo Werner.   It was Germany international Werner's final appearance for the club before he joins Chelsea in a reported €53million (£47.5m) deal, yet the campaign is not over for Leipzig, who are still in this season's Champions League.   The competition will resume in August and Leipzig are already assured of a spot in the last eight.   And the fact that the quarter-finals and semi-finals are both one-legged affairs at a neutral venue in Lisbon has given Nagelsmann encouragement that, even without Werner, his team can conquer Europe.   "Of course it's a huge challenge for us, but also for the other teams that are still in the Champions League," he told a news conference.   "I do not want to complain because we are very happy that we can participate there. I think we have a big chance because it will not be that easy again to win this tournament, with three games.

"It's demanding but I want us to go there with the following thoughts - we need only three victories to win the most valuable trophy in club football."

Werner left Leipzig as their all-time top scorer having broken the record when he took his tally to 95 for the club with his brace on Saturday.

Only Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored more than Werner's 28 goals in the Bundesliga this term and he will now look to transform that form to Chelsea, with the backing of the club and coach he is leaving.

Asked about any goodbye message the team delivered to Werner, Nagelsmann added: "Our sporting director Markus Krosche said some words in front of the team. 

"I also said goodbye to him before and told him some things, but they stay private.

"It's easy to say that he leaves a huge gap when you look at his numbers, but also as a human because he has the heart in the right place.

"He has a lot of friends here in Leipzig and felt very comfortable. I wish him all the best in London and hope that he'll have similar numbers in four years as well."

Werner was delighted to sign off by grabbing the club record and admitted he will depart Leipzig with fond memories.

"Firstly, it makes me really happy that we won our last game of the season," he said.

"We qualified for the Champions League and ended the season on a high.

"The fact that I am the record goalscorer for Leipzig makes me really proud. I will miss the club and the city."

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has launched a staunch defence of Timo Werner after the Germany striker completed his move to Chelsea.

Werner agreed terms on a deal that reportedly takes him through to 2025 at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues said to have paid a reported £47.5million for his services.

The 24-year-old will become a Chelsea player in July, meaning he will not feature for Leipzig when their Champions League campaign resumes, with the tournament due to be completed in a shortened format in Lisbon in August.

Werner's decision to make the move to London while Leipzig are still in Europe's premier competition has drawn condemnation among some quarters in Germany.

But Nagelsmann had sympathy for his departing superstar in the context of the unprecedented complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic and is convinced Werner will give his all for Leipzig's final two Bundesliga games.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Leipzig's clash with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Nagelsmann said: "I would like to defend him. 

"I don't like the way he's portrayed right now. I read some reports yesterday where it was said that he was not a sportsman, since he does not want to play in the Champions League for us anymore.

"He is a great sportsman who will give his all for us in the last two matches and who certainly will score in the last two matches. 

"If he stays healthy he will play for sure and be a normal member of our team even though he will leave us. 

"Regarding the Champions League, I would have loved to have him on board and would have liked it if he'd play for us. Simply because he is great player who scores a lot of goals. 

"But I can understand his and his team's side. He's coming to another city in a different country with a foreign language. 

"It's an unusual situation due to COVID, we never had something like this in football, with all competitions being spread out, everything being different and different measures need to be taken."

Nagelsmann believes Werner would have wanted to see out the Champions League campaign and says he must not be judged negatively by the unusual situation.

"I don't think one should judge from a far distance what kind of player or human being Timo Werner is. It is his right," he added. 

"It's a pity and sad and I believe he would have liked to play. However, it is a transfer that ends a big chapter of his life and where a new one with a lot of changes begins. 

"It's normal that during this time he does not want to take the risk of being injured, even though that rarely happens with him. 

"He wants to make his move together with his girlfriend so I can completely understand. It's not right that he is being blamed for his decision. 

"That does not mean I would not have liked him to take part in these matches. Timo knows this. He still is a good guy and a great player, so you must not criticise him in every TV show and claim that he is not a good sportsman."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre said his team underestimated Mainz in their surprise Bundesliga loss.

Dortmund's grip on second position in the table loosened after suffering a shock 2-0 defeat against struggling Mainz on Wednesday.

After Bayern Munich secured an eighth consecutive league crown on Tuesday, Dortmund were below their best at home to Mainz midweek.

Dortmund succumbed to goals from Jonathan Burkardt and Jean-Philippe Mateta at Signal Iduna Park as Favre's men ending the day just three points ahead of RB Leipzig with two rounds remaining.

"I think we underestimated them," Favre said post-match. "So far we've always tried our hardest in every game and every game was tough. Very tough. Especially at the start of the season."

The Bundesliga resumed in May after the 2019-20 season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Of course the season has been long, now one and a half months longer than usual," Favre said. "Sometimes it's like back in school and you just count the days until it's summer. But we are not in school.

"Until today we always gave our best, today it was not good enough. We didn't defend as a team, which would have given you more courage in the offense, more possession of the ball. We couldn't do that.

"It is a great disappointment how we played today. We now have two more games left and can't through too much at the team now. That's too much. Way too much. And I know that. Let's focus only on the next match."

Next up for Dortmund is Saturday's blockbuster trip to third-placed Leipzig, who drew 2-2 at home to lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner put Leipzig 2-0 ahead in the 63rd minute, however, the hosts capitulated after conceding twice in the final three minutes.

Leipzig are three points clear of fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen and four ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach in the race for Champions League qualification.

"This was not enough," Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said. "Again we couldn't win at home. We could have secured out spot in the Champions League next season but failed.

"Now we have more pressure, even though we still have the best position. But it would have been nice to have it in the bag before we play a strong Dortmund side. Now we have to show out on Saturday."

Nagelsmann continued: "I haven't spoken to the team yet. I'll talk to them tomorrow [Thursday]. I don't think there is anything to gain by ripping them now. I know they didn't draw on purpose.

"We have our next game in two days against Dortmund which will be very important for us. We'll stop talking about Dusseldorf now and focus on Dortmund and get our Champions League spot which now only has been postponed by two days."

Timo Werner remains in RB Leipzig's plans for the Champions League despite reports he informed the club he wants to move to Chelsea before the competition restarts.

Leipzig eliminated Tottenham and booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe's premier club competition is expected to continue in August once the major domestic seasons have been completed.

According to a report from German newspaper BILD on Monday, Werner has told Leipzig he wants to join Chelsea, who are reportedly set to activate a €53million release clause in his contract, following the conclusion of the Bundesliga season this month.

However, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann told a news conference he still considers the Germany striker available for Champions League selection.

"He is currently, as usual, in my plans to play the Champions League. He is our player and has not signed for anyone else," said Nagelsmann.

"His important to RB Leipzig is extraordinary. He has an incredibly good goalscoring rate, which you always hope for from a striker."

The transfer window in England will open at the conclusion of the Premier League season in July, meaning Werner could move to Stamford Bridge ahead of the resumption of the Champions League.

UEFA is yet to clarify rules regarding transfers of such nature, with it unclear whether Werner would be able to represent Chelsea in the competition.

Nagelsmann only plans to deal with that situation when a deal is on the table, saying: "Then both parties will sit down and see what happens next. There are no regulations at the moment."

Leipzig face relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga on Wednesday and a win could guarantee their place in next season's Champions League.

However, they will be without attacker Yussuf Poulsen for the rest of the campaign with a ligament injury, while the possibility of Dayot Upamecano returning to the line-up will depend on his performance in training.

"Yussi will not be used this season," said Nagelsmann. "If [Upamecano] goes full throttle, he will play. If he doesn't go full throttle, he won't play."

Julian Nagelsmann heaped praise on Dani Olmo after the RB Leipzig star scored twice in a 2-0 Bundesliga victory over Hoffenheim.

Leipzig star Olmo scored a brace inside the opening 11 minutes as Nagelsmann's men saw off hosts Hoffenheim on Friday.

Spain international Olmo, who arrived from Dinamo Zagreb in January, opened the scoring in the ninth minute before doubling the lead with a first-time finish two minutes later.

Leipzig head coach Nagelsmann hailed Olmo after the team consolidated third position, telling reporters: "Before the match, we said that it's important that he plays on the central 10 position where he was trained.

"That's his favourite position. We put him there so that he's more likely to score than in the past few weeks when he had more defensive duties, which he did well, but he didn't get in front of the goal as often. Today he was good in the box several times and even had his third goal on his foot in the second half, when he had a free finish from 11, 12 meters.

"I was very satisfied with him. He adapts better and better. He's a great talent and a top guy who wants to learn, who has the necessary modesty, but also the ambition and the self-confidence and also opens his mouth sometimes and says that he wants to play.

"He wants to be given the chance. I like that. He has the necessary cheekiness and humbleness to develop. He's becoming a player for our future who will play a lot more good games."

Olmo, 22, added: "It feels great to bag my first brace for RB Leipzig. But the win is more important, I'm more pleased about that. It gives us a lift ahead of our remaining games. We want to win every game, take nine points and reach the Champions League!"

Leipzig extended their unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga to 12 matches – the German outfit undefeated since January 25.

Nagelsmann's Leipzig are third through 31 games, a point behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund and six clear of Borussia Monchengladbach – who travel to leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.

"It was a very exciting game. Unlike the last few weeks, we had the game luck on our side," Nagelsmann said. "… I think it's a deserved victory, with the happier course of the game for us.

"But after the coronavirus break we didn't always have the luck of the game on our side. And at the end of the year it balances out very neutrally for all the teams. And today was a "neutrality game" for the negative course of play of the past weeks."

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