The 2019-20 season has yet to be fully completed, with the FA Cup final and the remainder of the Champions League knockout rounds still to be played, but that hasn't stopped Chelsea from making power moves for the for the 2020-21 season already. Roman Abramovich has already gift-wrapped Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for head coach Frank Lampard, with Kai Havertz probably arriving soon as well as reward for achieving a fourth place finish and Champions League football next season as well.
In his first interview, Ziyech revealed that conversations with Lampard had played a key role in his signature for the Blues. Similarly, Werner has emphasized the role of Super Frank in his decision to join the Blues, with whom he’s already building not just a professional but a personal relationship as well.
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“[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. He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.
“When you have a decision to go from your old club and you come to a big club like this, it was for me a dream which came true because Chelsea is a very big club.
“I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor, it is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not a same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.”
Timo joined the rest of his new teammates at Cobham on Tuesday, after a bit of individual training the day before. With Ziyech already impressing, Werner will undoubtedly do the same soon as well. Given the quality of his finishing and overall attacking play — 44 goal contributions in 45 games in all competitions this season — we can and should expect plenty of fireworks from the 24-year-old.
Werner isn’t shying away from those expectations either, believing himself to be a great match for the Premier League’s high intensity football, and setting an ambitious target to score even more goals than the 95 he scored in just 159 appearances for RB Leipzig.
"The first day is always a little bit crazy because you don’t know everybody so much and not only the team, it is always a pleasure to meet the team behind the team the first time and now I am very happy and excited to meet them.
"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. It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea.
"I’ll try to score as much goals as I can for Chelsea, that is the big reason why they bought me, to bring the goals I scored in Leipzig here, and maybe score more goals than there."
-Timo Werner; source: Chelsea FC
Can hardly wait!