Timo Werner has revealed why he snubbed Premier League champions Liverpool to join Chelsea in a £53m deal earlier this summer.
Despite all the rumours that Liverpool were favourites to get a transfer deal done, it was our club that managed to sign the young man for an absolute bargain of £45 million.
Now, ahead of game against Liverpool on Sunday, Werner has revealed why he joined the club rather than the Premier League Champions, He told The Athletic: “In another world, it could have happened. If LFC call, you have to listen and think about it. They are one of the best teams on the world, with a super coach – a German coach to boot. Of course you think about that.
“But in the end, my decision went Chelsea’s way. Not because there was anything wrong with Liverpool. But at Chelsea, the whole package was a better fit for me.”
Werner has also pledged to live up to his new nickname Turbo Timo at Chelsea and insisted he would make the moniker fit – by terrorising Premier League defences with his pace.
“I only just heard that nickname moments ago; Turbo Timo is not the worst,” said Werner.
“I was a little bit surprised by it, but I hope to show that it fits me well.
“Being fast helps give me opportunities to score goals, create chances for the team and other players.
“My father knew I was fast and wanted me to get stronger; he let me run some hills. It’s really helped me a lot, it’s given me a way to work hard.
“In Leipzig I learned a lot from the manager, on how to improve in different positions. But it was the right time to try something new, out of Germany, to try the Premier League.
“It’s such a great league, with a lot of massive defenders, strong defenders. It is the point where I want the next challenge.”
We are very glad that he decided to make the move to London rather than Merseyside.
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