Timo Werner: Lampard’s vision key in me choosing the Blues

Timo Werner says that Frank Lampard was key in swaying him to choose Chelsea this summer.

The striker, 24, has signed for the Blues from RB Leipzig.

Werner, who had been heavily linked with Premier League champions Liverpool, penned a five-year contract.

The German international has started to train with his new club but is not eligible to feature for them until next season.

Werner, pictured inset, has been quick to emphasise that Chelsea boss Lampard was a huge pull as the prolific forward weighed up his options.

“He was the main point,” said Werner. “We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing. He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player, but because he wants to help me as a guy.

“I am happy to be here. I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with [Didier] Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor, it is like a little dream for me. I want to be part of a new era here.”

Werner scored 34 goals in 45 appearances in the 2019-20 season.

He said: “The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast – so it is perfect for me to play here.”

Lampard has confirmed that Pedro is leaving the west London club this summer. There have been widespread reports he will join Serie A club Roma on a free transfer.

Chelsea will look to finish the season with silverware as they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday (5.30pm).


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