Timo Werner has revealed that Frank Lampard was one of the main reasons he chose to join Chelsea this summer, while saying he should be perfectly suited to the rigours of the Premier League.
The Germany international completed a £45 million move from RB Leipzig earlier this month having scored a hugely impressive 28 goals and registering a further eight assists in the Bundesliga this season.
His form saw him linked with a number of clubs across Europe, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all said to have been interested in his services.
Werner made no secret of his willingness to join compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, though once the Premier League champions decided against making amove amid the current pandemic, Werner had no doubts about joining Lampard’s side after a discussion with the Chelsea boss.
“He was the main point,” he told Chelseafc.com. “We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me. He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.”
Werner joins Hakim Ziyech as one of the club’s two signings of the summer so far, and the 24-year-old outlined his desire to to become one of the club’s latest legends.
“When you have a decision to go from your old club and you come to a big club like this, it was for me a dream which came true because Chelsea is a very big club,” he said.
“I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor, it is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not the same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.”
The forward is capable of playing anywhere across the front line and possesses an abundance of pace, and Werner believes his attributes are ‘perfect’ for the Premier League.
“The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here. It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea.
“I’ll try to score as much goals as I can for Chelsea, that is the big reason why they bought me, to bring the goals I scored in Leipzig here, and maybe score more goals than there.”
The striker arrived in England at the weekend and is already in training with his new teammates ahead of the 2020/21 season in Septemeber, though is unable to feature in this weekend’s FA Cup final or next month’s truncated finale to the Champions League.