Chelsea Football Club have confirmed the signing of Germany international Timo Werner. The 24-year old striker will join the Premier League side from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig at the end of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.
“Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign Timo Werner,” the Blues announced in an official statement. “The 24-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Blues, and will remain at the German club for the rest of the Bundesliga season. He will link up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical examination.”
“One of the most feared young strikers in Europe, Werner is renowned for his pace, movement, link-up play and finishing ability. At Leipzig he has most often been deployed in a front two, but he can also play out wide in a front three or as the central striker. He is currently enjoying the most profitable season of his career yet, having already scored 32 goals and registered 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions. After finding the net again against Fortuna Dusseldorf last night, he has two games remaining this season to improve on those numbers,” Chelsea FC continued.
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Boot winner Timo Werner said: “I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”
Chelsea FC’s Director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”
“I’ve known Timo Werner for many years and his development is exemplary. He arrived in Leipzig as a striker in 2016 and since then has grown into one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga. His journey underlines our philosophy of developing young players with great potential,” RB Leipzig’s Managing Director stated in a release by the German club. “On the one hand, Timo’s move is a great loss. On the other, we view this transfer as a huge compliment of the work of our still young club and we’re very proud to have helped create an internationally renowned striker in just a few years, who is now moving to huge global club like Chelsea. We have always emphasised that it’s important for our business in Leipzig to sell players. Only with this transfer fee can we now continue growing step by step and continue to shape RB Leipzig internationally. The negotiations with Chelsea’s representatives were always respectful, fair and constructive. We wish Timo all the best for his next challenge in London.”
“I had four great years in Leipzig. I can only thank those who made it so easy for me from the start at RB Leipzig, and supported me during some tough times: my team, the coaches and the board, club employees and above all the fans,” said Werner. “We achieved a lot together and I was able to develop a lot as a young player during my time here, and even became a Germany international. RB Leipzig have become a top club over these four years and I was able to grow together with the club. Leipzig is a fantastic city, RBL an attractive and entertaining club. I will fondly remember both of them and will miss a lot of things.”
“I’m now going to the amazing city of London. It was clear to me that I would take this next step abroad – that was always my dream. So it’s not a decision taken against Leipzig, just one to complete my dream of playing in the Premier League – the strongest league in the world. I now have the chance to play for one of Europe’s top clubs. I’m looking forward to this adventure, the atmosphere and English football,” the Stuttgart-born star added.
Timo Werner leaves RB Leipzig after four successful years and an impressive track record of 93 goals in 157 games. He is also an important member of the German national team.
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