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Sports News of Thursday, 25 June 2020


Werner must deliver otherwise I'll be in trouble with Chelsea - Rudiger

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is very eager to see his compatriot Timo Werner hit the ground running when he joins the Blues at the end of the season.

The German joked that he will be in trouble with Chelsea if Werner is a flop next season, having put in good words for the striker before his employers.

Werner is signing from RB Leipzig in July after both clubs agreed to a deal.

Rudiger told Sport Bild: "Chelsea asked me for an assessment.

"I have known Timo for a long time.

"I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him.

"From the next season on he will have to deliver, otherwise I will get trouble from the club afterwards."

He added: "Although he [Werner] is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness well suited to the toughness of English football.

"Counterattacking may have been more difficult for him at Bayern Munich or with a top Italian team, who are always dealing with opponents who sit very deep.

"Even outside the group of top clubs, many teams try to play positive and attacking football against us.

"This will give him the space he needs and hopefully he can use it as much as he did at Leipzig."

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