Timo Werner is set to withdraw from RB Leipzig’s Champions League squad to focus on his preparations for a summer move to Chelsea according to reports.
The Premier League side have agreed a deal to sign the Germany international from Leipzig after activating the forward’s £53m release clause, with Werner set to be the latest exciting arrival at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard strengthens his squad ahead of next season.
Werner is currently finishing the remainder of the Bundesliga season at the Red Bull Arena after of his highly anticipated switch to English football, Germany’s top tier scheduled to finish at the end of this month.
Leipzig’s European season is set to continue later this summer with the club having reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history with a 4-0 aggregate win over Spurs. UEFA are due to finalise plans to conclude Europe’s premier competition in August, the tournament set to be completed in a revised format in August.
Lisbon is set to be the host city for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, with ties expected to be one-legged encounters and played in a timeframe of just 12 days.
According to the Guardian, however, Leipzig will have to continue their journey into the latter stages without the presence of their 31-goal leading scorer, the 24-year-old set to withdraw from their Champions League campaign to ensure he is fully prepared upon his arrival at Chelsea.
Werner would be unable to play for Chelsea during this season’s Champions League, the Blues currently trailing Bayern Munich 3-0 after the first leg of their last-16 tie in London, though the striker ‘does not want to risk an injury’ ahead of his Premier League debut which is likely to come in mid-September.