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Chelsea newcomer Timo Werner has revealed how Frank Lampard and Antonio Rudiger convinced to make a move to the West London club.
The Blues beat off a host of competition, including Premier League champions Liverpool, to land Werner in a £53million deal, with the forward opting not play in the Champions League so he could move to England this month and get a full pre-season.
Werner reached out to old Stuttgart teammate Rudiger, who he still plays with for the German national team, to ask about Chelsea, while he says Lampard also made a big impression on him.
When asked why he chose Chelsea, Werner told RB Leipzig’s YouTube channel:
“I just wanted to try something new for myself. I want to learn a new language and experience a different environment. Why, Chelsea? I think that Chelsea has similarities to Leipzig. They have a young team, just like us.
“They have a young and ambitious coach, who on one hand was very friendly and likeable during our talks – he can really convince you to join. But he also really understands football. When you combine that with young players, but also some world champions and star players.
“And then add in the fact that it’s perhaps an even bigger club than Leipzig. All these things combine to make me go: “Okay, it’s time to call it a day in Leipzig.”
On Rudiger’s involvement in convincing him to join Chelsea, Werner added:
“Of course I spoke to him. I’ve known him for a long time, seven years now. He is a leading player there and knows all there and knows all there is to know – I think he played there for two or three years already.
“So there wasn’t really a better person I could talk to than him. I asked him what it’s like, what the environment is like, what the coach is like. He was positive about it all. It would have been strange for him to say different, though!
“He was full of praise. He said that the city was incredible and that you can only be happy there. So it was useful to be able to talk to him, and he really helped me in making my decision.”