Leipzig's Werner has no regrets about move to Chelsea

Leipzig’s Werner has no regrets about move to Chelsea

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner said on Wednesday that he does not regret his decision to move to Chelsea instead of German giants Bayern Munich.

Speaking ahead of Leipzig’s home game against Bayern on Friday, Werner, who won the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea, told Germany’s Sportbild: “I think the path you take is always the right one in the end.”

Werner moved to Chelsea in 2020 for a reported fee of €53m as one of Europe’s top prospects, having scored 34 times with 13 assists in 45 competitive games for Leipzig in 2019-20.

Werner had opted for Chelsea before Bayern but spent two unhappy seasons in London before returning to Leipzig last August.

“Until now I would have had two coaches at Bayern who would have come in handy: Hansi Flick, with whom I get along well, and Julian Nagelsmann, my former coach at RB.

“But I think it’s a better idea not to regret it.”

Werner scored just ten times in 56 league appearances for Chelsea and was benched for much of his second season by then-manager Thomas Tuchel.

“It was no longer part of the coach’s plan. You have to accept that and find a way to deal with it.”

Werner said he would advise teammate Christopher Nkunku, the Bundesliga’s top scorer this term with 12 goals in 15 games, on the possible obstacles he could face at Chelsea if he moves there, as is widely rumored at the end of the season. .

“I can tell you about both positive and negative experiences, should you make the switch.

“In a club like this (Chelsea), you don’t play like in RB Leipzig because there is more competition.

“(That’s) not just on a sporting level, but on a different mental level as well.”

Werner, who missed the World Cup due to torn ligaments, said he was “ready to come back against Bayern” on Friday.

Werner played for the first time since November 2 in a 4-0 friendly win over Czech side Mlada Boleslav last Saturday.

“It was important for me to play again after the injury, even if I wasn’t 100 percent and could feel my foot a bit after such a long absence.”

Werner said Leipzig, which is third in the table six points behind Bayern, was “on a level playing field in terms of our quality” with the league leaders.

“We don’t even know what we’re made of, we can do so much more.”

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