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Speculations over Timo Werner’s future has come to an end, after Chelsea confirmed that the 24-year-old German international has put pen to paper on a five year deal with the club.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger played a hand in making the deal happen, as he helped convince Werner to choose Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea paid around £49m to sign Werner after an impressive season with RB Leipzig that saw him score 32 goals in 44 games in all competitions.
Chelsea did well to hijack the deal from Liverpool, and Rudiger has now warned that it’s up to Werner to deliver in the Premier League next season or he could be in trouble.
He told Sport Bild: “Chelsea asked me for an assessment.
“I have known Timo for a long time. I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him.
“From the next season on he will have to deliver, otherwise I will get trouble from the club afterwards.”
Rudiger was however confident that Werner will adjust to the demands of the Premier League and would do well at Chelsea next season.
He added: “Although he [Werner] is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness well suited to the toughness of English football.
“Counterattacking may have been more difficult for him at Bayern Munich or with a top Italian team, who are always dealing with opponents who sit very deep.
“Even outside the group of top clubs, many teams try to play positive and attacking football against us.
“This will give him the space he needs and hopefully he can use it as much as he did at Leipzig.”
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen assistant manager Marcel Daum has told Chelsea Kai Havertz that it’s up to him to decide how far he can go in his career.