Lampard reveals what he did to beat Manchester City and Liverpool to the signing of top striker

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Chelsea were not the favourites to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, as Manchester City and Liverpool and some top clubs were rumoured to be interested in the player.

Liverpool were believed to be favourites for his signature, and reports had claimed Werner had agreed a deal to even join Liverpool.

Chelsea would eventually hijack the deal and sign Werner on a five-year deal, as the Blues beat competition to sign the German star.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has now revealed the secret he employed to sign Werner, admitting that he held honest discussions with the striker before signing him.

“You understand when its competition with the likes of Liverpool and Man City that you need to state your best case to the player,” Lampard explained.

“So I think having been that player at one point, you have to try to sell the club, sell how I want the club to move forward. Obviously Petr Cech in his role [as technical and performance advisor] does the same.

“I did that to the best of my ability when I speak to players because with a player like Timo, we were very, very keen to bring him in and he needs to feel that from us.

“I loved everything that he said to me in those conversations, the same with all the players I’ve spoken to when they’re coming in. That manager-player conversation is really important. The relationship needs to be good and positive going forwards.

“All you can do is your best as a club because you know the competition are doing their best, and I think we can be happy that we’ve bought in players of their level. Now they’re here and its stage two – getting them settled and playing to the best of their abilities, and we need to give them all a bit of time.”

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