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Timo Werner speaks out on rejecting Man Utd and Liverpool to join Chelsea


Timo Werner says money was not a factor behind his move to Chelsea (EPA)

Timo Werner insists money was not a deciding factor behind his move to Chelsea and claims Manchester United and Liverpool were both in the running to sign him from RB Leipzig.

Liverpool were favourites to land the Germany international this summer, while Jurgen Klopp even held talks with the striker about a switch to Anfield.

But it was Chelsea who completed a £53 million deal for Werner earlier this month, with the striker signing a five-year contract worth around £170,000 a week.

The 24-year-old, who has ended the season with 34 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig, has been impressed by Frank Lampard’s vision following discussions with the Chelsea manager.


And the striker says he will be aiming to win trophies once he’s at Stamford Bridge.

‘I agreed [to join Chelsea] a few weeks ago,’ Werner said in an interview with Sportbuzzer.

Timo Werner finished the season with 34 goals for RB Leipzig (Getty Images)

‘The whole thing was quite unproblematic because I had a lot of time to think about it before the coronavirus period.

‘It’s no secret that there were several offers.’

When asked about interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, Werner replied: ‘It could have been. There were some top clubs who fought for me.


‘The entire Chelsea package was the best for me, my game and my career.

Timo Werner reveals Manchester United and Liverpool were alternative destinations (Getty Images)

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‘Money played the smallest role. For me money was never a decisive factor, [if it was] then I could have gone to China.

‘Chelsea is a top destination in European football. There is a really good team at Chelsea with high quality, we want to challenge at the top.

‘I haven’t regretted my decision for a second.’

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