Timo Werner has revealed that he chose to sign for Chelsea because of the impression that Lampard made on him.
The Germany international forward will join the Stamford Bridge side on July 1 after they agreed to meet his £47.5 million release clause.
Timo Werner, who became Leipzig’s record scorer by notching a double in his final game for the club in a 2-1 victory against Augsburg.
He will not be able to feature for the Blues in the Premier League this season despite the fact that he joins them next month.
The player seems to be excited about the prospect of getting to work with Chelsea next season.
Werner explained to Sky Sport
“The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them.
“Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea.
I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.”
Lampard reportedly pursued Werner to sign with Chelsea and used Petr Cech as an interpreter.
“In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasized how much he wanted me.
How much he valued me as a person,” the player continued.
“Of course it’s hard to give up an oasis of wellbeing like the one I’ve had in Leipzig for years.
But you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step.
“This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig.
I’ve decided on something new and I hope that my form will continue like this.”
Timo Werner Talked About Leaving Rb Leipzig
“I’ve been received in Leipzig like never before in my career,” he said.
“No matter which coach was in charge, I always had supporters here.
“Now there is Julian, who is again a giant and is someone who has made me significantly better.”
Werner scored 34 goals and created 13 more in all competitions this season in 45 appearances.
He helped Rb Leipzig finish third in the German Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund.