Timo Werner has revealed that Frank Lampard played a significant role in convincing him to swap RB Leipzig for Chelsea earlier this summer.
The German international joined the Blues for a reported £53m after being heavily linked to Premier League champions Liverpool for a number of seasons. The 24-year-old enjoyed a prolific four-year spell at Leipzig, scoring 95 times as he helped the club become perennial title-challengers in Germany.
With interest in the striker from a number of clubs, Werner has cited his new boss as a key factor in him signing for Chelsea. Speaking to the Daily Mail Werner stated:
"It was a strange time, we couldn't meet each other and we met each other here for the first time because of the virus.
"But he called me a lot, we had a lot of conversations, he texted me a lot and he sent me some videos where he could show me what style of football he wants to play. So for me those were important things to know about moving to a new club.
"The conversation with him was also really important, he's a very nice and calm guy, who makes it clear what he wants and what his football style is. And he makes it clear that you're not only a player but also a person.
"Not like a friend because he's the manager and you have to have a respectful relationship. But also he sees you the other way, as a person, not just as a footballer, so that was really impressive for me and that's one of the reasons why I came here."
Werner got his first taste of Premier League action on Monday as Chelsea traveled to the south coast to take on Brighton.
The German made an instant impact for the Blues, winning a penalty after being fouled by Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan. Jorginho scored from the spot, and despite Brighton drawing level, goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma saw Chelsea return to London with three points.