Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has explained how his conversations with Timo Werner helped convince the 24-year-old to make the move to Chelsea, with the Blues having sealed a £47.5 million deal to sign the forward.
Werner, who is considered one of Europe’s top strikers having excelled for RB Leipzig over the last four years, will complete a switch to Stamford Bridge in July having agreed a £170,000-a-week contract with the West London club.
Liverpool were one of many sides credited with an interest in signing the German striker before ending their interest due to financial issues.
But it’s Chelsea who ultimately won the race to sign the in-form striker, with Lampard revealing he has been tracking Werner’s progress for a while now.
He told reporters: “I think he’s clearly a player that we liked.”
“I’ve certainly followed him for a long time myself, individually, just as a talented player, even before I had this job. But as a club, clearly, we went for him, and he certainly will strengthen us in my opinion.”
“He’s got huge talent, had a fantastic season this year but before that as well. Where we probably couldn’t do as much business in the last couple of windows for whatever reasons, it’s given us a chance to see some youth have more time in the team.
“But we were very clear about the fact we wanted to improve and Timo Werner is always a signing that will improve us. I’m certainly very excited to have him playing for Chelsea and we look forward to having him.”
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