Chelsea’s brand new signing Timo Werner has revealed that Frank Lampard’s personal touch helped convince him of a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old will officially become a Blues player on July 1 after the club sealed a £53 million deal for him earlier this month.
Werner’s brace in his final appearance for RB Leipzig on Saturday made him the club’s all-time top scorer on 95 goals.
During the negotiations to bring the Germany international to west London, Lampard ensured the player felt valued and would be a key part of his future plans for the club.
‘The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them,’ Werner told Sky Germany.
‘Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.
‘In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person.
‘Of course, it’s hard to give up an oasis of wellbeing like the one I’ve had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step.
‘This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig.
‘I’ve decided on something new and I hope that my form will continue like this.’
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Werner’s two goals in the 2-1 win against Augsburg on the weekend took his total to 28 for the season and the Germany international attributes his improvement to his coach Julian Nagelsmann.
‘I’ve been received in Leipzig like never before in my career, Werner added.
‘No matter which coach was in charge, I always had supporters here
‘Now there is Julian, who is again a giant and is someone who has made me significantly better.’
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