Timo Werner Explains Decision to Leave RB Leipzig Without Finishing Champions League

Timo Werner
Timo Werner will leave RB Leipzig for Chelsea on 1 July | Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Soon-to-be Chelsea striker Timo Werner has confessed that he chose to give up the chance to finish the Champions League with RB Leipzig because it 'didn't feel right' to remain in Germany after he becomes a Chelsea player.

With the Champions League set to spill over into August, many transfers will only be finalised once that competition comes to a close, so it came as a surprise to see Werner refuse to play on with Leipzig to seal a move to Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

Timo Werner, Oliver Mintzlaff, Markus Kroesche
Werner was given a special presentation ahead of his final home game | Maja Hitij/Getty Images

It hasn't soured his relationship with Leipzig, who gave him a hero's farewell in his final appearance for the club, and Werner told Sportbuzzer that he still intends to support the German side as they strive for a deep run in Europe.

"We made it together - team, coach, office, fans - to the quarter-finals. An amazing achievement!" he said. "Of course it hurts me that I can't help now to do go even further.

"But I will also be a Chelsea player from 1 July and will be paid by Chelsea. It was clear to me that all parties - Chelsea, RB and my side - should agree to this.

"I am connected to Leipzig and RB forever. I will sit in front of the television at the quarter-finals and keep my fingers crossed - maybe I can even be there in Lisbon."

Werner was expected to be one of the summer's most in-demand players. Liverpool were widely assumed to be leading the race for his signature, while Inter and Manchester United were both touted as potential suitors.

"It's no secret that there were several offers," Werner confessed. "There were some top clubs that fought for me. The entire Chelsea package was the best for me, my game and my career.

"For me, money was never a decisive factor. If it was, I could have gone to China. Chelsea is a top name in European football. There is a really good team in Chelsea with high quality and who want to attack the top of the Premier League. I haven't regretted my decision for a second.

"I've been to London twice as a tourist and a couple of times as a player. For me, it is an absolute metropolis - the icing on the cake of my new contract and club."

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