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Chelsea have since completed the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, as the Blues signed up the 24-year-old in a five year deal.
Chelsea beat Liverpool and other top European clubs to the signing of Timo Werner, and now former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed how he came close to signing Werner twice.
“When I was at Schalke he was at Stuttgart and he was just coming on to the scene,” Di Matteo said.
“During the second part of the season, before I left, I was planning with my sporting director.
“I was saying I wanted to sign this guy, he’s good. He was young, quick, technically good. I said ‘can we not sign this boy Timo’.
“We didn’t in the end and then I resigned and so on. Then I went to Villa. Stuttgart, the season after, they got relegated, and so I enquired again to sign him, but then Leipzig signed him on.”
Di Matteo has now revealed that he’s a big fan of the 24-year-old and has backed him to perform for Chelsea.
“I’m a big fan of his and he’s developed really, really well as well,” added the former Chelsea midfielder.
“He’s a goal scorer, he scores goals, so he can guarantee a certain amount of goals for the team, which is very good, and he’s very pacey as well, he’s fast.”