Chelsea new boy Timo Werner has promised to ‘keep his fingers crossed’ for Leipzig in the Champions League and says he may even try to jet out to Lisbon to attend their upcoming quarter-final clash.
Werner has been at the heart of Leipzig’s success in Europe this season, racking up four goals and two assists across their campaign, but the 24-year-old striker will play no part when the competition restarts again in August.
The forward’s contract with Chelsea officially begins on July 1 which makes him ineligible for the upcoming mini-tournament in Portugal.
The Blues will also be unable to select the Germany international in what looks likely to be their final match of this season’s Champions League.
Frank Lampard’s side were thumped 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 clash and their hopes in the competition appear to be hanging by a thread.
‘Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out Leipzig to play in the Champions League. But I’m a Chelsea player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on,’ Werner told Sportbuzzer.
‘It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this.
‘Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side.
‘That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.’
Werner added: ‘I am forever connected to Leipzig and RB.
‘I will sit in front of the TV during the quarter-finals and keep my fingers crossed.
‘Maybe I can even be on site in Lisbon.’
Roberto Di Matteo has backed Werner to take English football by storm when he arrives at Chelsea and claims he twice tried to sign the attacker.
‘When I was at Schalke he was at Stuttgart and he was just coming on to the scene,’ the former Chelsea midfielder and manager said.
‘During the second part of the season, before I left, I was planning with my sporting director.
‘I was saying I wanted to sign this guy, he’s good. He was young, quick, technically good. I said “can we not sign this boy Timo”.
‘We didn’t in the end and then I resigned and so on. Then I went to Villa. Stuttgart, the season after, they got relegated, and so I enquired again to sign him, but then Leipzig signed him on.’
He added: ‘I’m a big fan of his and he’s developed really, really well as well.
‘He’s a goal scorer, he scores goals, so he can guarantee a certain amount of goals for the team, which is very good, and he’s very pacey as well, he’s fast.’
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