‘He can have a much bigger impact than he could at Liverpool’: Michael Ballack says Timo Werner was right to join Chelsea over Premier League champions by avoiding competition with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
- Michael Ballack believes Timo Werner made ‘best decision’ to join Chelsea
- Werner was linked with Liverpool but the Blues swooped in for the £54m man
- The former Chelsea midfielder said the Blues do not have a player like Werner
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack said that Timo Werner made ‘the best decision’ choosing his Stamford Bridge move over Premier League champions Liverpool.
The RB Leipzig striker was heavily linked with Jurgen Klopp’s side for quite a while but in a dramatic twist, the German has now agreed a deal to join Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s side triggered the 24-year-old’s £54million release clause from the Bundesliga club and offered Werner his chance to excel in the Premier League.
Michael Ballack believes Timo Werner made the right choice to join Chelsea over Liverpool
The former Chelsea midfielder thinks Werner will be a hit at Stamford Bridge in £54m move
Ex-German international Ballack believes that the striker made the best possible choice as he is set to sign at Stamford Bridge.
‘If Liverpool was really an option for him, he made the best decision for him, and only he can make that decision,’ Ballack told i.
‘You have to value certain things, like how much playing time you will get and how important a role in the squad you will have. Liverpool have won the Champions League and Premier League.
‘How could Timo expect to come into that front three and start every week in place of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane?
Ballack said that Werner would not be as important to the Reds as he will be at Stamford Bridge
‘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.
‘Although Liverpool and Man City’s squad is much stronger than everyone else’s right now, Chelsea are starting to create a really competitive team.
Ballack also added that he believes Chelsea do not have another attacker like the German
‘It will take time, and Timo is just part of that journey. You need the depth, but in Timo and Hakim Ziyech Chelsea have the start of a squad able to challenge for titles again.’
The Chelsea legend also thinks that Werner is a different style of attacking player to Lampard’s current options.
Ballack added: ‘Timo and Chelsea is great fit. Chelsea do not have this kind of player at the moment.
‘If he plays to what he is good at, he will be an amazing signing for Chelsea. It is a great place to play football.’
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