German icon Matthaus has transfer message for Chelsea target Timo Werner
Lothar Matthaus has advised Chelsea target Timo Werner against a move to the Premier League but admits he would suit Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
Werner has had a brilliant season at RB Leipzig this season and is heavily tipped to pack his bags and head to the Premier League, with us and Liverpool continually linked with a move for the RB Leipzig striker, who is believed to have a £52m release clause in his contract.
But Matthaus, who won the World Cup with Germany and made more than 400 appearances for Bayern Munich, believes Werner would be happier if he remained in the Bundesliga for another season, and told him not to join Liverpool
Matthäus told 90min. “He has this mentality, this style. He’s a great player, a speedy player and Jurgen Klopp likes speedy players in the offence.
“But there’s another thing. Timo Werner likes to play. In Leipzig he has his position. He’s a fixed player in the system of Julian Nagelsmann and, sure, Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world, with Klopp and a very good team, but Werner likes to play the big games.
“Liverpool already have Salah, Mane and Firmino and when all these players are ready to play, maybe Werner is on the bench and a player like Werner has to play. He likes to play. He loves football.”
He added: “I think maybe it’s better for him to have one more year in Leipzig to get more experience. This year you can see the steps he’s made ahead, not only with his number of goals but how he’s playing.
“If I were his manager telling him what to do I would say ‘hey, play one more year in Leipzig. We will be in the Champions League again, you’ll play more in the national team and then maybe you can go’.
“But sure he will not finish his career in the Bundesliga, or at RB Leipzig. I’m sure he will soon be a player in the Premier League but I hope not next season.”