For a long time he was considered Jürgen Klopp’s dream player. Now it is clear: Timo Werner is drawn to the Premier League, but not to Liverpool FC. Instead, he signs for Chelsea for many years.
National striker Timo Werner will switch to Chelsea in the English Premier League for a transfer fee of 53 million euros. Chelsea FC confirmed this on Thursday. He overtakes Leroy Sané as the most expensive German football player.
After long speculation, the transfer from Leipzig striker Timo Werner to Chelsea is official. Accordingly, his contract should run until 2025. The 29-time German international is said to be the face of the young blues team.
Lampard was probably a crucial factor
For RB Leipzig, Werner scored 93 goals in 157 games in four years. Chelsea coach Frank Lampard is said to have convinced the 24-year-old of the transfer with a personal visit to Leipzig and several phone calls.
Werner said: “It is a very proud moment for me to join this great club. I am looking forward to the next season with my new teammates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us. “
Werner expresses his emotional thanks
Chelsea is the third club in Werner’s career. The attacker was trained at VfB Stuttgart and also played his first games in the Bundesliga there. According to information from SportBild, its training club will receive 6 million euros from the transfer fee. After his Stuttgart relegation, the Swabian left his home in 2016 and joined RB Leipzig. There he matured into one of the best strikers in Europe. This season alone Werner has 45 goal appearances in 43 games. In an emotional statement, he addressed the Leipziger on his Twitter account.
After four wonderful and formative years, it is now time to move to England. “I take this new step in my life with great anticipation and a heavy heart,” says Werner. He also recaps formative experiences with the Saxons. The 24-year-old thanks teammates, managers, employees and the whole city. He felt at home from day one.
Werner will no longer play for the Saxons at RB’s Champions League quarter-finals in August. “That was Werner’s decision. We have to accept it that way. So it was no longer a big issue between the clubs,” said RB Sport Director Markus Krösche on Thursday,
The Saxons are already qualified for the quarter-finals, Chelsea still have to complete the second-leg second leg against Bayern Munich. According to the regulations, Werner will not be able to participate in the blues there.
Werner could have played for RB at the event, but decided against it. According to Krösche, there were talks with Werner, but the attacker preferred to move to London immediately. “He wants to prepare with Chelsea for the season in the Premier League,” said Krösche: “By moving to a new environment, he wants to take the time there.”