Frank reveals how Werner helped Havertz deal, Hudson-Odoi message sent and Chelsea told Werner to be success in icchelseanews roundup..
rank Lampard has revealed signing Timo Werner helped him in his bid to sign the high-coveted Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
We managed to secure a transfer deal for Werner before the end of the season last year and beat off the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, who were also in the chase to try and get a deal done.
But after months of speculation, we also managed to secure the transfer deal for Havertz, who is easily one of the most gifted players in world football right now, and now Lampard has opened up and revealed that the signing of Werner helped him in his bid to sign the high-coveted Kai Havertz for a club record fee of £71 million: “I was able to have some conversations with Kai after the buying process happened, or whatever you want to call it,” Lampard told reporters on a Zoom video link.
“I did as much watching of him as a player as I could, and by that time Timo had arrived at the club, and Timo and Kai are pretty close so I could obviously ask Timo a lot about him, them playing in the national team together. So we had very good background on him.
“But again I was very struck in those conversations with him about his humility, and how he is as a person which I love. I love the humility in players who come with the idea they just want to improve and become a success. And I know he has great talent. I’ve seen that in the first week that he’s been here.
“I think it’s important to be clear that before the Brighton game Kai Havertz had trained for four or five days and two or three of those were a build-up to a game so you can’t work that hard.
“Fitness levels for Kai were difficult. They are only going to get better and get better quickly. I’ve seen lots of his talent and have no doubt the impact he will have as a Chelsea player.”
Frank Lampard has explained why Timo Werner will have a big future at Chelsea after making his summer move to the club.
Werner is one of the very best young attackers in the game and is expected to fire 30-plus goals for the side on a yearly basis, having impressed over in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons.
He made his debut at Brighton on Monday and spoke afterwards of the different challenges he faced in that game compared with his time in the Bundesliga, and Lampard was impressed by Werner’s first post-match interview, explaining why it came as no surprise.
‘I loved his statements and it just follows on from the Timo Werner I spoke to when he signed and how he’s been since he’s been working here,’ said the boss on the club website.
‘He is an incredibly talented player. He is robust so I have no doubt he can handle the Premier League and the size of the opposition he will come up against, and he is very low maintenance. He comes in, he trains, he works hard, he lives right, and he wants to come here and be a success.
‘As I keep saying about all the players who come from foreign leagues, they have to be given some time to adjust. I’m confident they will adjust quickly. We will work towards that.
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has remained silent on rumours linking winger Callum Hudson-Odoi with a transfer move away from the club this summer window.
We have made some wonderful signings over the course of the transfer window and the arrivals that have made their way to the Bridge will mean that Hudson-Odoi will fall further down the pecking order.
That has led to speculation in the media that Bayern Munich will reignite their interest in the young man, while there is also interest from a few Premier League clubs that are willing to take him out on-loan.
Lampard couldn’t confirm or deny the rumours linking the 19-year-old winger with a move away but insists that his team selections are driven by training performance: “I’ve got no idea; I’ve not got anything. I don’t know if there is any truth on it, so not much to say I suppose,” Lampard said during a press conference.
“I’d be surprised if any player is not disappointed when they don’t play games. I’d be very surprised by that. With Callum, the young player he is, he has to absolutely focus on the work he puts in on the training ground day in, day out.
“I’ve said it now quite a few times. When I select a team, I have to think about how players trained, how they play within the team, how we work on the ball and, just as much, how we work off the ball. I have no favourites here; I don’t lean on people because I like them.
“I lean on people because I want people to be successful, which, in turn, will hopefully make everybody here happy. Callum is a young developing player and a lot of talk has come his way because of the way his career has gone at a young age.
“The facts remain the same for all young players in the squad, they have to work every day with the idea to put themselves in the frame to start.”
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