Chelsea new boy Timo Werner has challenged himself to score more goals for Chelsea than he managed in his four-year spell with Leipzig and claims his lightning-quick pace makes him ‘perfect’ for the Premier League.
Werner had an outstanding campaign in front of goal for Leipzig, netting 34 times in 45 games for the Bundesliga outfit, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made no secret of his interest in the 24-year-old striker.
However, the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic saw the Reds drop out of the race for Werner and Frank Lampard was in contact with the German on a near daily basis to convince him to join Chelsea.
Werner agreed to complete a move to Stamford Bridge in mid-June after Chelsea activated a £47.5million release clause in the forward’s contract at Leipzig and he’s clearly raring to go at his new club.
Asked about Lampard’s impact on his decision to sign for the Blues, Werner told Chelsea TV: ‘He was the main point.
‘We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me.
‘He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy.
‘He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.’
Werner added: ‘The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here.
‘It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea.
‘I’m very happy to be here and I’ll try to score as many goals as I can for Chelsea, that is the big reason why they bought me, to bring the goals I scored in Leipzig here, and maybe score more goals than there.’
Werner is looking forward to getting to know his new team-mates and coaches over the coming months after training at Cobham for the first time this week.
‘The first day is always a little bit crazy because you don’t know everybody so much,’ he continued.
‘And not only the team, it is always a pleasure to meet the team behind the team the first time and now I am very happy and excited to meet them.’
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