By Conor Laird Published: October 7, 2021 7:15 pm
Last Updated: October 8, 2021 3:19 pm
Chelsea star Timo Werner has, on Thursday, provided something of an insight into his future with the club.
German hitman Werner of course made the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2020, on the back of another scintillating campaign in his home country, with RB Leipzig.
All told, though, the 25-year-old’s Premier League experience has since proven a hit-and-miss one.
Werner, to his credit, is now a European champion, after playing a central role in Chelsea marching all the way to Champions League glory back in May.
And though his work-rate, attitude and even, surprisingly, creative exploits have proven of the highest standard whilst a Blue, the attacker has come in for deserved criticism for regular profligacy in front of goal.
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 27: Timo Werner of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 27, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Werner, across 52 appearances in all competitions in 2020/21, managed to find the net on a paltry 12 occasions.
Such woes, meanwhile, have since largely continued into the new campaign, with the German having notched just a pair of goals across eight outings thus far.
‘Not saying I really want to leave’
As such, it goes without saying that those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge have likely been left disappointed by the return on a considerable €53 million investment.
Word doing the rounds in the media late last month, though, suggested that Chelsea were far from the only ones growing frustrated with Werner’s situation in the English capital.
Amid a concerning dip in playing time, it was reported that the hitman himself could soon ‘reassess’ his Blues future, ahead of a potential departure:
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) September 30, 2021
In turn, speaking whilst on international duty this week, it came as little surprise when Werner was drawn on his future, and current mindset at Stamford Bridge.
And though he went on to admit that his situation of late has proven ‘difficult’ to deal with, the 25-year-old was also keen to assure that, as things stand, he is not eyeing a January departure.
‘The last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea. After many years, I was suddenly a little behind and had to fight my way again,’ Werner told Express.de.
‘A career always goes up and down, never steadily upwards. But you learn to deal with it.’
‘I have to bite into it again, that challenges me. Of course, I would like to enjoy more minutes, so I give my best in training.’
‘Of course, I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course, I want to be a regular in a big team. But I’m not saying that if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas, I really want to leave.’
‘Things happen relatively quickly in football. I have to look at the bigger picture to make my decision.’
Timo Werner admits he is not ‘satisfied’ at Chelsea after ‘difficult’ start…… but insists decision to hire new agent is not an indication of a desire to join Bayern Munich https://t.co/RZjttnZqWz
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) October 7, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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