Antonio Rudiger has opened up on helping convince Timo Werner to sign with Chelsea, and also handed the German some much needed advice.
Timo Werner ended months of transfer speculation about where he would go this summer window, with some of the games biggest club all interested in the man that netted an impressive 34-goals last season.
Having been dubbed #AgentRudiger on social media, the centre-back commented: “My friends told me about it (about the nickname] but I just tried to help out because everyone knows and can read about how we played together.
“There’s a bond, so I just did what I had to do. We spoke a lot during the lockdown and I have known him for a long time through playing in the national team and at Stuttgart together. It’s nice to see how his career has gone and how he developed every year, getting better and scoring more goals and getting more assists.
“I am very happy for him that he has now managed to take that step like me to leave Germany and come to the UK. I think it is a good sign if you can get people like him in the club because he is also still young but he showed that he can score goals and I hope that he can do the same here that he did in Germany.
“At the beginning, it was not easy for him because he was only 17 when he came into the squad and he was a little kid, very thin, but now, over time, I think he went to the gym because he is bigger!
“Each year you see how good his statistics are. Every year he scored more than the last and his qualities are in scoring goals. I hope he can do that for us but the most important thing is that he stays healthy and he adapts to many different things.
“I was one of the people who helped convince him to come here so it is also my job to help him [settle in]. Of course, we speak the same language but he does speak very good English too. The thing is, with this job, and as a team, we all have to help him. We will do that for him.”
Well done Antonio