Leipzig boss responds to claims that Werner will not play for Leipzig in the Champions League

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Chelsea have since triggered the release clause in Timo Werner’s contract, and the Blues have agreed a five-year contract with the striker in principle, believed to be worth £200,000 per week.

According to ESPN sources, the media outlet was told 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 his future sorted out immediately after.

Remaining a Leipzig player would prevent Werner joining Chelsea until more than eight weeks after domestic football ends in Germany, given the Champions 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, reports claim.

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However, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has rebuffed such claims and insists that Werner will remain with Leipzig to play in the Champions League.

“He is currently, as usual, in my plans to play the Champions League. He is our player and has not signed for anyone else,” said Nagelsmann.

“His importance to RB Leipzig is extraordinary.

“He has an incredibly good goalscoring rate, which you always hope for from a striker.”

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