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Name Timo Werner
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc The 23-year-old has scored 18 goals in 16 Bundesliga matches this season and looks set for a big move in the summer

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player RB Leipzig

Relationship

Agent Karlheinz Forster

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has revealed that he could still move abroad in the future, but for now he is committed to the German club] I don’t exclude anything [regarding a move abroad in the future]. I am and remain a player of RB Leipzig

I want and have to improve. At the age of 22, 23 he [Lewandowski] was not as far as he is now. Robert is a fantastic player. And he always stayed hungry. If he scores three goals after 85 minutes he doesn’t then stop to receive the adulation. He goes on and wants to score a fourth. This type of attitude is one-of-a-kind and it’s what I want to be like.

[The young forward also expressed his excitement at playing under new manager Julian Nagelsmann, who joined from Hoffenheim earlier this summer] Of course, that also played a role in my thinking. We are great in every way, we play Champions League, we have a lot going for us

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Timo Werner acknowledges he has little hope of outscoring Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga this season] It’s hard [to be top-scorer]. When you score two goals against Hertha Berlin and then watch the game evening game, having scored four or three goals less than Robert Lewandowski this season, and he scores twice against Borussia Dortmund…Against whom is he not going to score? That’s very hard. How he is playing at the moment, maybe only one or two players on the planet are on this level. That’s the category of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

[The duo each came through the Stuttgart academy before moving on to Leipzig, but Werner claimed he was not discussing a next move with Bayern’s Kimmich, despite repeated talk of him switching to the Allianz Arena] We don’t really talk about it at all. It was also a coincidence that I came to Leipzig when he was there. I don’t imitate everything that Joshua Kimmich does. If he goes to Real Madrid, I’m not going to Real Madrid also. Leipzig was the perfect step for me as well as for him. He took the step to Bayern Munich relatively early, which was also a good step. Now I’m still a player at Leipzig. That was the right step for me. I don’t know what the future will bring. But I won’t imitate Joshua and go wherever he is

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner is trying to keep pace with Lewandowski in the Bundesliga golden boot race but admits he’s playing on a level matched only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi] Against whom is he not going to score? That’s very hard. How he is playing at the moment, maybe only one or two players on the planet are on this level. That’s the category of Messi and Ronaldo.

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Timo Werner in early November] You can’t score every game unless your name is Robert Lewandowski. He’s currently in the same category as Ronaldo and Messi

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Chelsea target Timo Werner talks up ‘interesting’ Premier League as transfer talk grows] The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say. There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there. But many Germans have also been very successful in Spain, such as Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

[Werner is in no rush to leave RB Leipzig in January] As of now I have no desire to look for a move elsewhere

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Timo Werner offers hope to Man Utd, Liverpool & Chelsea by keeping Premier League door open] When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear. But, right now, I am not thinking about what happens in the future. We are going into many important games. That’s what I want to focus on now. I can still contemplate my future later

[When asked about the direction in which he intends to head] What do you say if a club comes knocking in the next two weeks, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it. I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be. I am open for everything. I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time. That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there

2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Timo Werner had signed a contract extension with Leipzig back in August, which ties him to the club until 2023] What do you say if a club comes knocking, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it. I am open for everything. I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time. That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Timo Werner ‘proud’ of Liverpool links as RB Leipzig star aims to earn right to play at Anfield] Liverpool is the best team, in this moment, in the world and when you’re linked with this team, it makes me very proud. But in case of that, it’s a pleasure, but I know Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there

This is the problem of the Champions League, when you win the first game - at least outside of Leipzig - here in Tottenham, there’s still a lot to do in the 90 minutes in Leipzig. So Tottenham is a good team, they showed last year that mentally they can come back in these games and we have to do the same like today

2020 02 19b Retrieve

[Timo Werner claims he is not thinking about his future just yet] When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear. But, right now, I am not thinking about what happens in the future. We are going into many important games. That’s what I want to focus on now. I can still contemplate my future later

What do you say if a club comes knocking, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it. I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be. I am open for everything. I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time. That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Could Liverpool really sign Timo Werner?] I know that Liverpool is the best team in the world at the moment. And when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud. It’s a pleasure. But I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig star Timo Werner suggested that he would be open to working with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool] There’s one of the best managers in the world with Jurgen Klopp, and he is also German. Many things suggest that I would maybe fit in [at Liverpool] very well with my playing style. But I don’t think about that at the moment because we have so much to do with Leipzig

I won’t rule out anything. We have the European Championship in the summer, I want to focus on that tournament. About everything else I will think after the season

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has hailed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as the best coach in the world] Our game in London has brought Liverpool [links] to the media. [They] have Jurgen Klopp, the best coach in the world who is German. There are a lot of things that would suggest that my playing style might be a good fit [in his system at Liverpool]

It’s hard to think about where to play next year if you want to step on the gas here and now. During the winter break, we made the mistake of being too concerned with the championship. We put ourselves under too much pressure

The ball had to be in [against Schalke] so that I could get my peace of mind again. I don’t know [if I can catch Lewandowski in the top scorer race]. But at the moment it looks like we have to be careful that Erling Haaland doesn’t overtake us yet

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Werner yet to decide on Liverpool, Man Utd, Leipzig or Man City as transfer talk builds] At this time in professional soccer there are two different variations. The first is to be part of a team like Liverpool or Manchester City. They have a good working team. The teams have also great coaches. But this is the question: do you want to go to that kind of team, because the situation is already that hard for each member and you want to be a part of it? That’s one point you have to look at. The other side are teams which need some big changes, because they just won a few big titles, but they are not able to compete on the highest level anymore. For me Manchester United is one of these teams. So at this point of my career I’m asking myself: do I want to be part of a new team, to build up something new, or do I want to stay at my team and make something great?

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Werner has previously said he feels he would be a good fit at Liverpool] Our game in London has brought Liverpool [links] to the media. They have Klopp, the best coach in the world who is German. There are a lot of things that would suggest that my playing style might be a good fit

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Liverpool target Werner would rather move abroad than join Bayern] Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach. But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern.

It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga. Of course, it also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible. That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for [the] next step as one where I would get that feeling.

[Werner went into the 2019-20 season in the final year of his contract and was expected to make the move to Bayern at that point] I can’t answer what motivated Bayern back then. I am happy and satisfied that I extended my contract here and played in Leipzig this season. In my eyes I have developed further under Julian Nagelsmann and have matured as a personality and taken on more responsibility. I am totally grateful for that. I really appreciate what I have at RB Leipzig and would therefore never say: ‘I have to get out of here!’

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Liverpool target Werner’s public comments on transfer speculation surprise Bayern chief Rummenigge] Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach. But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern. It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga. Of course, it is also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible. That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for [the] next step as one where I would get that feeling

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Timo Werner is one of the hottest properties on the transfer market thanks to his prolific scoring rate in the Bundesliga] Liverpool is the best team in the world at the moment and when you’re linked with this team, it makes me very proud. It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there

[Werner does not know why Bayern Munich did not decide to make a move for him in 2019] I can’t answer what motivated Bayern back then. I am happy and satisfied that I extended my contract here and played in Leipzig this season. In my eyes I have developed further under Julian Nagelsmann and have matured as a personality and taken on more responsibility. I am totally grateful for that. I really appreciate what I have at RB Leipzig and would therefore never say: ‘I have to get out of here!

Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach. But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern. It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga. Of course, it also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible. That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for [the] next step as one where I would get that feeling.

2020 05 24b Retrieve

[Leipzig had little difficulty sweeping Mainz aside and were 3-0 up by half-time] We played very well from the first minute and put pressure on the whole game. We absolutely wanted to secure the important three points for the qualification for the Champions League next season

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Chelsea complete £47.5m Werner signing from RB Leipzig] I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Werner given farewell mosaic of RB Leipzig moments ahead of £47.5m Chelsea move] I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I, of course, want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new teammates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Chelsea signing Timo Werner has revealed his decision to abandon RB Leipzig’s Champions League campaign ‘hurt’, as he prepares to officially head to Stamford Bridge] Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League. But I’m a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on. It was clear that all parties - Chelsea, RB and my side - should and must settle this. Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side. That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs

I am forever connected to Leipzig and RB, will sit in front of the TV during the quarter finals and keep my fingers crossed - maybe I can even be on site in Lisbon

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Timo Werner has revealed that he elected to sign for Chelsea this summer from RB Leipzig because of the impression that Frank Lampard made on him] The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them. Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.

[Lampard reportedly badgered Werner to sign with his team and used former goalkeeper Petr Cech as an interpreter] In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person. Of course it’s hard to give up an oasis of wellbeing like the one I’ve had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step. This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig. I’ve decided on something new and I hope that my form will continue like this



I’ve been received in Leipzig like never before in my career. No matter which coach was in charge, I always had supporters here. Now there is Julian, who is again a giant and is someone who has made me significantly better

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Chelsea-bound Timo Werner admits to ‘several offers’ after links to Liverpool, Man Utd & Inter] I agreed a few weeks ago. The whole thing was quite unproblematic because I had a lot of time to think about it before the corona [virus] period. It’s no secret that there were several offers

There were some top clubs that fought for me. The entire Chelsea-London package was the best for me, my game and my career. The game is played more often in England than in Germany, so there is not much time left for training. But it’s true, I still have to prove myself and go full throttle