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Salzburg in Champions League draw ahead of Leipzig ruling

RB Leipzig can play in the Champions League after changes at Salzburg.

UEFA confirm that RB Leipzig will be allowed to play in the 2017-18 Champions League despite being owned by the same company as Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

Salzburg's presence in the draw threatens the place of Leipzig because both have ownership links with energy drink Red Bull. UEFA should decide this month if the clubs breach integrity rules created to prevent two clubs that share an owner from playing in the same competition.

These moves were enough to satisfy UEFA that the clubs comply with its article five on the integrity of competitions, although answers to questions about who now owns Salzburg, how much they paid and what Red Bull's sponsorship is worth will have to wait until CFCB's "reasoned decision" is published either later this week or early next week.

It said the CFCB would "continue to monitor both clubs to ensure that integrity rules are respected going forward". As the Austian side finished 1st in their league, they would rank higher and would maintain their status in the competition, which means Leipzig have to go, as explained by Sky Sports.

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Competition rules stateclubs with strong links to one another can not compete against each other in their competitions in the same season due to concerns over a conflict of interest.

However, it has since been revealed that UEFA have granted both clubs permission to play in the Champions League next term.

Last month, once they had confirmed their places in the field, both Salzburg and Leipzig submitted to Uefa their applications to compete in the Champions League, complete with documentation detailing their ownership models.

Leipzig's youth leaves the club vulnerable to accusations of a lack of history or tradition but Rangnick says it's part of football life. Emil Forsberg is one player who stood out, and is reportedly on his way to AC Milan, but another huge piece of the puzzle was all-action midfielder Naby Keita. Very few players got the best of him, as his athleticism, positioning, and nose for a goal made him a nightmare to deal with.

The Liverpool Echo claim the Guinea global is top of Jurgen Klopp's midfield wishlist.

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