- As Chelsea officially announced the Sh 7 billion (£53million) deal for RB Leipzig Timo Werner on Thursday, Leipzig explains the striker’s decision.
The German international is now is ineligible to play for former club Leipzig in Europe this August as Chelsea landed sealed the deal of the finest strikers in Europe
Werner, 24, has two league games remaining before the Bundesliga season ends on June 27. So far, he has set a good performance record scoring 32 goals, he scored four goals in eight Champions League games this season
For the first time in RB Leipzig’s history, the squad has made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, unfortunately, Werner will have to miss this historic appearance which will be held in Lisbon with the final on August 23 in the Portuguese capital.
Leipzig’s sports director Markus Kroesche disclosed that the decision to choose Chelsea over the club was purely Werner’s choice based on his personal analysis.
“The decision came from Werner’s side. We had to accept it as it is,” stated Markus Kroesche.
“Therefore, it was no longer a big issue between the clubs.” He added.
Chelsea is set to play against Bayern their last 16, second leg. It’s a bottleneck for The Blues as they were thrashed hammered 3-0 in the first leg at home.
Unfortunately, Werner will not be participating as second-leg was scheduled for March before the pandemic disrupted the sports thus, he is not part of Chelsea’s registered matchday team.
Kroesche expounded that Werner’s major reason for turning down the Champions League’s quarter-finals was based on the fact that he needed time to settle into his new club.
“He wants to prepare for the Premier League season with Chelsea,” said Kroesche.
“He wants to take his time to come into a new environment.” He added.