Pulisic opens up on new signing, Winger to be big player claims Lampard, £75m man to Chelsea move backed, Werner made right transfer decision
Pulisic on Werner deal, Pulisic to be big player, Agent defends Timo, Chilwell move backed, Werner made right decision on Chelsea news roundup..
Ex-Germany star Oliver Bierhoff believes Timo Werner was right to pick the Premier League and Chelsea ahead of staying in the Bundesliga.
Werner has been one of the most talked about players of the past few weeks, as all the major clubs are reportedly interested in trying to secure a transfer deal for the pacy little German star.
His performances, and that relatively low price tag on his head has meant that Chelsea made the first move to try and get the little star to sign up, with reports suggesting he has agreed a £170,000-a-week deal to make the move to London.
But there was some talk in the media that Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich were also interested in trying to acquire the services of Werner, as they sought a long-term solution to the ageing Robert Lewandowski.
But Werner made the big choice to move to the Premier League this summer, and Bierhoff has backed the young mans decision.
“There’s a lot of competition at Bayern, so you have to have a certain character. He’s more of a player who lives on continuity and trust,” he said to Sport1. “English football is good for him. He’ll have a good development there. I see him there more than in a team that works purely with technical football.
“He is a player who needs space, who needs depth and who plays out his speed. Maybe that was also a thought when changing.
“Timo always wants to play. Maybe there are also financial aspects. For example, Chelsea said: ‘We cannot take the risk that he will start with us injured or tired’.
“I believe that there has been pressure on Timo from various sides.”
Timo Werner’s agent has defended the RB Leipzig star from criticism over his £47.5 million move to Chelsea.
Werner has faced criticism for walking out on his side before they contest the quarter-finals of the Champions League, as he wants to get settled with his new surroundings ahead of his first season in the Premier League, though managing director Oliver Mintzlaff came to his defence on Saturday, saying he is an “absolute sportsman”.
Now Karlheinz Forster has reiterated Mintzlaff’s message and says Werner does not deserve a negative image, because he has chosen to sign with Chelsea before the season can really get finished.
“What annoys me is that Timo is now being put in a corner and portrayed as a bad sportsman who lets his team-mates down,” Werner’s representative told Sport1. “I have to contradict that very clearly and I can only agree with what Oliver Mintzlaff said yesterday before the game!
“It would have been anything but a good start for Timo at his new club if he had to return to Leipzig for the preparation and the Champions League after the break.
“It was the joint vote of all parties involved – and not just Timo’s decision – that he should move to Chelsea on July 1, and not until mid or late August.”
Christian Pulisic has revealed how Chelsea’s squad have reacted to the signing of Timo Werner.
After months and months and months of transfer speculation about whether or not Werner would leave RB Leipzig during the summer transfer window, it was revealed just last week that the German was heading to Chelsea.
With Frank Lampard seeking to add a few top-class players to his side in the transfer window, with Chelsea looking to close the gap on Liverpool, Werner is seen as a real statement signing from the Blues.
It is believed that the 32-goal hitman has agreed a five-year deal to sign with Chelsea, with him becoming one of the highest paid players at Stamford Bridge on £170,000-a-week.
And now Pulisic, who only arrived from the Bundesliga at the start of the season, has reacted to the signing of Timo Werner by Chelsea.
When asked if signing the German forward proved there are exciting times ahead, he said on the SUN: “Yes, I think so.
“We’re a very strong team with very strong players, to add him to that, it’s exciting for what’s to come.”
Frank Lampard heaped praise on Christian Pulisic as the winger made a scoring return in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The 21-year-old had been sidelined since New Year’s Day with an abductor muscle injury and now looks set to play a huge role in Chelsea’s run-in, as they seek to get back inside those top four spots.
And after seeing the American International put in a very impressive performance in the limited game time that he had against Villa, Lampard expects Pulisic to score more regularly after netting his seventh goal in his debut campaign in England.
The Blues boss said: “He will start games for us, of course, and I think he’s going to be a big player for us, not just in this run-in but going forward.
“He was hungry. I know that and I felt for him, as I felt for the players with long-term injuries.
“The ability he’s got to arrive in the box, it’s a big thing, I’ve spoken about it with him all season.
“It’s the difference between being a very good player off the side, an attacking player, or the players at the real top level of the game that arrive and score in the six-yard box and hit numbers yearly.
“I really think Christian can do that, so I was really pleased with him, the impact he made when he came on.”
Joe Cole believes Ben Chilwell ‘fits the ethos’ that Chelsea are looking to recruit this summer.
The Blues are actively seeking to improve the back-line in the summer transfer window and add a new left-back to the side, which has meant that Porto star Alex Telles has been the clubs number one transfer target for months now.
But reports have claimed that PSG are closing in on a deal to take Telles to the French League for a fee of around £35 million, which is alot more than Chelsea wanted to pay.
And that means that Chelsea may have to turn their attentions to the possible signing of Ben Chilwell, who is easily regarded as one of the finest left-backs in Europe right now, but could cost anywhere between £60-80 million to sign in the summer.
Now, amid the speculation, ex-Blues star Cole has opened up and claimed that Chilwell would be foolish to turn down a move to work with Lampard.
‘Similar to Werner, he fits the ethos – he is young, he’s hungry, he’s explosive and athletic,’ former Chelsea winger turned BT Sport pundit Cole said.
‘I think he’s got a lot of talent, if he comes to Chelsea, working with the group there – in Brendan [Rodgers] he’s got a great manager and a great team up at Leicester. But Chelsea’s a step up from Leicester.
‘I know they are sitting above Chelsea in the table at the moment but having the opportunity to work with Frank and improve would be immense for him.
‘He’s got the left-back position for England in his hands at the moment.
‘My advice would be to keep performing, keep consistent and if he does do that he can be England’s left-back and, if he does come to Chelsea, Chelsea’s left-back for many years. He’s a terrific player, a real talent.’