Timo Werner talks about his decision not to play for RB Leipzig further in the Champions League
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. In one of the most talked-about transfers of the summer, Timo Werner is set to move to Chelsea in the summer for a $59 million transfer fee. However, Chelsea’s joy comes at the cost of RB Leipzig’s dismay as the player has withdrawn, himself from their Champions League squad.
Leipzig reached the last eight, of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in their history after defeating Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Werner was scheduled to be a part of their historic campaign for few more days, but eventually decided not to participate in the tournament for the Die Rotten Bullen and instead opted to move to Stamford Bridge, earlier. For the first time the striker talks about the reason behind his decision.
The German said he had to hurt one side with his decision as he told quoted by Goal, “Of course it hurts me, that I can’t help out (RB Leipzig) to play in the Champions League. But I’m a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on. 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 to it with the clubs.”
The German parted with Leipzig after becoming the club’s all-time leading goal scorer with his couple ,of goals in the final Bundesliga game of the season against Augsburg. The club finished ,third in the league table and qualified for the CL once again. Despite moving away from the Red Bull Arena, Werner is thankful to his former club and would cheer for them. He even intends to attend the CL matches of the team further.
Werner however, even after officially becoming a Blue from 1st July won’t be able to turn up on the field for them until the beginning of the next campaign. Therefore, he won’t play any part in Chelsea’s remaining matches this season and would only have to enjoy the game from the stands.