Timo Werner wants to be “part of a new era” at Chelsea. In a video interview, which the Premier League club published on its website on Tuesday evening, the German international also explained his motives for the departure of RB Leipzig and the move to the island. Werner especially highlighted his new trainer Frank Lampard.
The former professional was the main reason for his change. Werner explained that they had talked a lot about things like the system, how he wanted to see him play, and how the system suited him. “He knows me a little better now and it really fits very well between us,” said Werner: “I’m happy that I’m here now.”
Before his contract with the Leipzig team expired, Werner switched to the blues in the English capital. RB is said to have received a transfer fee of around 53 million euros for the 24-year-old striker. At Chelsea, Werner signed a five-year contract. “I know the players before when they won the Champions League with (Didier) Drogba, the new team manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as technical advisor,” said Werner in English. “It’s like a little dream for me.”
At the weekend Werner had started his new chapter in London. The scorer completed an individual session on Monday afternoon with simple dribbling and pass exercises. Afterwards Werner tweeted: “First training, for the first time in blue!”
The attacker had already landed in London on Sunday and had watched his new employer’s last season game from the stands. Werner saw a 2: 0 against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, with which the Blues secured their participation in the Champions League with their national team colleague Antonio Rüdiger.
For international player Benjamin Henrichs, meanwhile, coach Julian Nagelsmann was one of the decisive reasons for his move from AS Monaco to Leipzig. “Julian is an extremely important factor why I wanted to go to Leipzig,” said Henrichs of “Sport Bild”. The 23-year-old is on loan from the French first division club for one year. RB then has a purchase option.
Henrichs had “not a good season in Monaco” and only made irregular appearances. “And yet he always wanted to bring me to RB and saw my qualities,” said Henrichs, who would like to develop under Nagelsmann in Leipzig: “This is a lot about the offensive, including for defenders. My task list for the game will always be full. “
In RB sports director Markus Krösche, Henrichs also meets an old acquaintance with the Saxons. “During my time he was a coach in Leverkusen. We laughed a lot together and, above all, he pushed the counterpressing into me, ”said the RB newcomer. “Our head coach was Roger Schmidt, the most important coach of my career so far. He believed in me and threw me into the cold water. “
A short time later, Henrichs made his national team debut at the age of 19. The full-back made his last commitment to the DFB selection in June 2017 at the Confederations Cup. “I’ve been saying for three years that I want to go back to the national team. So far it has not worked. Now I have to let action speak at RB first, ”said Henrichs.