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Confirmed: Chelsea flop secures €30m move to RB Leipzig

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Timo Werner returns to his former club after an underwhelming spell at Stamford Bridge.

RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing of Timo Werner from Chelsea on a four-year contract. 

Werner joined Chelsea after the club activated his £45 million release clause in 2020. However, he failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge, scoring only 23 goals in his 89 appearances for the Blues. 

According to Goal, Leipzig will pay a €30m fee to Chelsea for Werner’s transfer. The Blues have accepted the loss on their initial investment in Werner as he joins his former club on a four-year deal.

A farewell message to Chelsea fans

Werner took to social media to send a goodbye message to Chelsea fans ahead of his return to Germany.

“Today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea FC,” he said. “I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club.

“At this point I would like to express my appreciation for my teammates, the coaches & staff, and especially for you, the supporters of Chelsea Football Club. 

“I felt so much love and support throughout the last two years and I will never forget how you guys stood behind me in good and in challenging times!

“We lifted trophies like the Champions League together, and I will always remember the song you wrote and chanted for me. I’m already looking forward to hopefully playing at Stamford Bridge again one day!”

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Who will replace Werner at Chelsea?

Chelsea added Raheem Sterling to their ranks as part of their busy transfer plans this summer. However, the English forward will most likely play as a winger in Thomas Tuchel’s system this season. 

Following the loan exit of Romelu Lukaku, Armando Broja is the only No.9 available in Chelsea’s squad. 

The Blues are reportedly keen to add Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their ranks to further bolster their attacking line. The Gabonese star is open to leaving Barca after seeing Robert Lewandowski arriving at Camp Nou as the club’s new main striker.