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Werner ‘waives’ RB Leipzig Champions League campaign in favor of Chelsea move — report

As expected

RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Pawel Andrachiewicz/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Timo Werner’s transfer to Chelsea isn’t quite yet official, but all signs continue pointing towards it becoming reality someday soon. The latest along those lines is a story from Bild, who originally broke the news about the transfer itself.

This time they’re saying that Timo Werner is not expected to be part of RB Leipzig’s Champions League campaign when that resumes in (probably) August, by which time he will have wanted to make his transfer to Chelsea official. At the same time, he’s unlikely to be eligible for Chelsea’s last remaining European match this season either, the second leg against Bayern (barring a bigger miracle than 2012). He should be able to start training with the team in July however.

Leipzig have already booked their place in the quarterfinals after beating Tottenham. Chelsea meanwhile face a 3-0 deficit against Bayern from the Round of 16 first leg. It’s still unclear exactly how and when the rest of this season’s European competitions will be played out, but the current favored solution would involve a single-elimination tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

Either way, Werner’s going to have to wait until next season to play in a European competition again — hopefully Chelsea will complete the job of this Premier League season and qualify for next season’s Champions League as well.

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