Leipzig boss confirms whether Werner will play for them in the Champions League this season

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There has now been an official confirmation to Chelsea’s signing of Timo Werner, as Chelsea finally confirmed the deal on Thursday.

Interestingly, we brought you report two days ago that Timo Werner has 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.

The Bundesliga is due to finish on June 27, and Werner would want to remain injury free for his new club.

Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has now confirmed Werner won’t be playing for the German side for the rest of the Champions League campaign.

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Speaking at a news conference ahead of Leipzig’s clash with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Nagelsmann said: “I would like to defend him.

“I don’t like the way he’s portrayed right now. I read some reports yesterday where it was said that he was not a sportsman, since he does not want to play in the Champions League for us anymore.

“He is a great sportsman who will give his all for us in the last two matches and who certainly will score in the last two matches.

“If he stays healthy he will play for sure and be a normal member of our team even though he will leave us.

“Regarding the Champions League, I would have loved to have him on board and would have liked it if he’d play for us. Simply because he is great player who scores a lot of goals.

“But I can understand his and his team’s side. He’s coming to another city in a different country with a foreign language.

“It’s an unusual situation due to Covid, we never had something like this in football, with all competitions being spread out, everything being different and different measures need to be taken.”

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