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Red Bulls coach Chris Armas: Tyler Adams will ‘be with us for this year’

 

HANOVER, N.J. — It is beginning to sound like when, and not if, Tyler Adams heads to Europe, but current New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said the defensive midfielder isn’t going anywhere — yet. 

“I’m not [worried],” Armas said after training on Wednesday, when asked about the possibility of losing Adams in the summer transfer window. “Tyler is with us here. He’ll be with us for this year. That’s all that I know. He’s in the plans.”

Former Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch identified Adams as a perfect player to join him at sister club Red Bull Leipzig, where Marsch recently became an assistant coach. Adams, 19, is apparently very much in Leipzig’s plans, with MLSsoccer.com the most recent outlet linking the rising star to a move to the German Bundesliga side. Reportedly, the transfer fee could be north of $5 million.

Since Adams is a Homegrown player, the Red Bulls would receive 100 percent of any transfer fee.

When asked Tuesday about Adams, who has been the subject of a rumored move to Leipzig for months, Marsch told reporters in Germany, “Leipzig would be very happy to have him. His future is in Europe.”

Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick, who is also the club’s sporting director, said Monday his team is in the market for a midfielder, identifying that position as either a No. 6, No. 8 or No. 10.

Clearly, the New York Red Bulls also value Adams, a regular starter for the last two seasons.

“We love Ty,” Armas said. “And, as Jesse said, he understands the value of Tyler — and it’s easy to see. Whether it’s a derby match, a home game or you watch him play against France, he’s such a young talent that’s fearless and brings the energy. He’s in our plans here moving forward, and we’re excited to make a push with him this year.”

Another Red Bulls player who could play in Europe in the near future is right back Michael Amir Murillo. The Red Bulls hold an offer for him from an undisclosed club and interest is coming from others.

Armas said it’s no surprise Murillo is a target, especially after competing well at the World Cup with Panama. But he said he didn’t hold the 22-year-old out of the lineup in a 1-0 loss to NYCFC on Sunday because of a pending deal or the transfer rumors.

“I think by day there’s updates in terms of transfers. There’s nothing right now that impacts any decision for him to play or not play,” Armas said. “Obviously. he’s coming from a World Cup, he’s a talent and he’s young. A guy like him is always going to attract attention coming off the World Cup. He’s here right now. Moving forward, he’s with us and we’re counting on him.

“I will clarify that Connor Lade played the other day because Connor Lade has been in good form. It was a tough one. We thought Connor had another good game and it was based on his merit.”

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