Chelsea's Werner returns to RB Leipzig: 'I'm looking ahead'

RB Leipzig signed former striker Timo Werner from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Germany's Werner, 26, spent two seasons at the English club, scoring just 10 goals in 56 Premier League appearances.

According to reports, the Bundesliga club has paid £25 million ($30.2 million) for its record goal-scorer. It reportedly received £54 million ($65 million) for his transfer in 2020.

"I'm very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig again," Werner said in a Leipzig statement. "I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we performed brilliantly as newcomers in the league. It was a dignified departure for me to leave the club as record goalscorer, but that's in the past now and I'm looking ahead, because both I and the club have developed in the past two years."

Earlier on Tuesday, the German international (53 caps) announced his departure from Stamford Bridge, where he won the Champions League in 2021 but found it difficult to find consistent form.

"Today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea. I am incredibly grateful for he time I spent at this special club," Werner said on social media. "I felt so much love and support throughout the last two years and I will never forget how you guys stood behind me in good and challenging times,"

Leipzig's second match of the Bundesliga season is Saturday's game with Cologne. It finished second in 2021 and fourth in 2022 and will feature in this season's Champions League.


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2 comments about "Chelsea's Werner returns to RB Leipzig: 'I'm looking ahead'".
  1. R2 Dad, August 10, 2022 at 8:43 a.m.

    Chelsea paid $35M just to let this guy sit on the bench for 2 years? And Tuchel wants more signings? It seems he's done very little with the signings he already had. He has won the CL, but the club's domestic form and squad morale are poor. There are a little more than 2 weeks left in the window, I hope CP finds a new home soon. Anywhere but United, which is even worse shape. 

  2. Ben Myers replied, August 10, 2022 at 11:07 a.m.

    Tuchel does not warm the cockels of many hearts. You have to wonder about his player management ability when numerous players have come and gone during his tenure.  Tuchel also got an enormous benefit from Lampard's training and development of midfielders, but he has largely squandered it.  Pulisic did better under Lampard.  Kante has gone from a box-to-box EverReady bunny to a well-rounded central midfielder.  And so it goes.  Tuchel will be lucky to have a job by the time the World Cup starts.

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