Werner Sends Warning To Big-Money Chelsea Signing

Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner
Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner

A former Chelsea star has warned one of his current teammates that he will face an unprecedented level of pressure and scrutiny once he completes his big-money move to west London.

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Timo Werner joined Chelsea in July 2020 for a reported €53 million (R982 million) and while expectations were high for the man joining from RB Leipzig, the 26-year-old failed to replicate the form that earned him the move to Stamford Bridge.

Two-and-a-half years on from his transfer to the English capital, the 55-time capped Germany international now finds himself back at the Red Bull Arena, and while many may look at his stint with the Blues as an unsuccessful one, Werner looks back on his time in the Premier League with fondness.

"Don't misjudge the time either, after all I won the Champions League at Chelsea! And privately I've met a lot of great people and made friends," the attacker told Bild.

"In the end, I wasn't part of the coach's plan anymore. You have to accept that and find a way to deal with it."

Another Leipzig star is reportedly set to make the move to Chelsea, with the two-time European champions understood to have triggered the £70 million (R1.2 billion) release clause for France international Christopher Nkunku.

While neither club has confirmed the deal, it is widely understood that, come the beginning of the 2023/24 season, the 25-year-old will be a Blues player.

Having been in the Chelsea dressing room in the previous two seasons, Werner saw fit to impart some wisdom.

"Everyone has to make their own experiences," the Stuttgart native added.

"I had a very good first year, the second was so-so. I can tell him [Nkunku] about positive and negative experiences should he change.

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"At a club like this, you don't play like you do at RB Leipzig because there's more competition – not just on a sporting level, but also on a different level, mentally.

"You have to deal with that and everyone has to find their own way. That's why it's the wrong approach to give tips to others. Time has changed me a lot."

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