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In life, there are some tough decisions one has to make, and football isn’t left out, as players are often left with one tough decision or the other.
For Timo Werner, he has since informed RB Leipzig that he does not want to play in the club’s Champions League quarterfinal tie, provisionally scheduled for August, so he can speed up his move to Chelsea as well as be with his new team from the start of the campaign in September.
UEFA are now planning to stage the rest of this season’s Champions League in a mini-tournament format spread over 11 days in Lisbon in August.
Remaining a Leipzig player would prevent Werner joining Chelsea until more than eight weeks after domestic football ends in Germany, given the Champions League final is planned for August 23. Werner is keen to join his new club as soon as possible and won’t want a delay to start the new season with his new team by staying longer with Leipzig, which has led to his decision to be opted out of the Champions League squad.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has revealed that Werner shouldn’t be judged for the decision he made.
“I don’t think one should judge from a far distance what kind of player or human being Timo Werner is. It is his right,” he told a news conference ahead of Leipzig’s clash with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
“It’s a pity and sad and I believe he would have liked to play. However, it is a transfer that ends a big chapter of his life and where a new one with a lot of changes begins.
“It’s normal that during this time he does not want to take the risk of being injured, even though that rarely happens with him.
“He wants to make his move together with his girlfriend so I can completely understand. It’s not right that he is being blamed for his decision.
“That does not mean I would not have liked him to take part in these matches. Timo knows this. He still is a good guy and a great player, so you must not criticise him in every TV show and claim that he is not a good sportsman.”