Timo Werner has revealed the reasons behind him deciding to abandon RB Leipzig‘s Champions League campaign. The German forward is set to join Chelsea in a deal worth €65m on July 1st and Werner has now admitted that the Chelsea move is the main reason for him to snub RB Leipzig’s further campaign in the Champions League.
“Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League. But I’m a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on, Werner told Sportbuzzer. Leipzig has already been progressed to the quarter finals after beating Tottenham Hotspur over two games (4-0).
“It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this. Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side. That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.” Werner has scored four goals in eight matches for Leipzig in the Champions League this season.
The 24-year-old also said it was very hard to leave Leipzig after he became their record goalscorer in his final match for the club on Saturday. “I am forever connected to Leipzig and RB, will sit in front of the TV during the quarter finals and keep my fingers crossed – maybe I can even be on site in Lisbon,” Werner said.