Blues icon Roberto Di Matteo has hailed new Chelsea signing Timo Werner and revealed he twice tried to sign the Germany striker.
The 24-year-old will join up with his new team-mates at the end of the current season, and will hope to produce the same form in front of goal for the Blues as he has on a weekly basis for Leipzig.
The Germany striker has hit 32 goals in 44 appearances for Julian Nagelsmann’s side,, helping them rise to third in the Bundesliga while also qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals.
“When I was at Schalke he was at Stuttgart and he was just coming on to the scene,’ Di Matteo told the official website
‘During the second part of the season, before I left, I was planning with my sporting director.
‘I was saying I wanted to sign this guy, he’s good. He was young, quick, technically good. I said “can we not sign this boy Timo”.
‘We didn’t in the end and then I resigned and so on. Then I went to Villa. Stuttgart, the season after, they got relegated, and so I enquired again to sign him, but then Leipzig signed him on.’
Di Matteo added: ‘I’m a big fan of his and he’s developed really, really well as well.
‘He’s a goal scorer, he scores goals, so he can guarantee a certain amount of goals for the team, which is very good, and he’s very pacey as well, he’s fast.’