July 28, 2020 / 7:05 PM / 17 days ago

Lampard the key reason for Chelsea move, says striker Werner

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - June 20, 2020 RB Leipzig's Timo Werner in action, following the resumption of play behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Ronny Hartmann/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Chelsea’s new signing Timo Werner has said that manager Frank Lampard was the key reason for his switch from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

The German striker agreed a 50 million euros (45.29 million pound) move to Stamford Bridge last month and has already started training with the Premier League club even though he is not eligible to play until next season.

Werner, 24, made the move after helping Leipzig finish third in the Bundesliga with 28 goals and said his discussions with Lampard over how he would fit into the Chelsea side convinced him to sign for the Premier League club.

“He (Lampard) was the main point. We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me,” Werner told the club website.

“He’s a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me.”

Werner said that he always had the ambition to play at a “big club” like Chelsea and that the English top-flight was the right destination for him.

“The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here,” he added.

“It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level.”

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Toby Davis

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