MX23RW : Monday, September 27 10:03:46| >> :120:4678:4678:

Michael Ballack: 'Timo Werner right to join Chelsea over Liverpool'

Ballack: 'Werner right to join Chelsea over Liverpool'
© Reuters
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack expects Timo Werner to thrive at Stamford Bridge as he backs his compatriot's decision to reject Liverpool.

Michael Ballack has backed Timo Werner's decision to join Chelsea over Liverpool, claiming that the former RB Leipzig striker will have a much bigger impact at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool were long considered the heavy favourites to sign Werner this summer, only for Chelsea to strike a deal with the Germany international last month.

The Blues have paid Leipzig up to £53m to sign the 24-year-old, who has scored 78 goals in the Bundesliga and set up a further 27 since the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Ballack expects his compatriot to become a success in West London given the lack of serious competition for a starting spot compared to that at Liverpool.

"If Liverpool was really an option for him, he made the best decision for him, and only he can make that decision," he told the i newspaper.

"How could Timo expect to come into that front three and start every week in place of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane?

"Chelsea are building a young team, a new team, with a young coach. It is a great project to be part of, given how young Timo is.

"To be the main striker, at a huge club like Chelsea, is the best place for him. He can have a much bigger impact than he could at Liverpool."

Chelsea have also brought in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax ahead of the summer transfer window, with both players officially becoming Blues players this week.

ID:405222: cacheID:405222:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3096:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring against Liverpool on July 2, 2020
Read Next:
Man City 4-0 Liverpool: Five talking points as hosts humble new champions
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool64201541114
2Manchester CityMan City64111211113
3Chelsea64111221013
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd6411135813
5Everton6411127513
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton540174312
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham6321138511
8Aston Villa631297210
9Brentford62318539
10Arsenal6303510-59
11Tottenham HotspurSpurs630349-59
12Watford621379-27
13Leicester CityLeicester6213710-37
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves620435-26
15Crystal Palace512258-35
16Southampton604247-34
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle6033714-73
18Leeds UnitedLeeds6033614-83
19Burnley6024511-62
20Norwich CityNorwich6006216-140

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!