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Timo Werner to RB Leipzig: German winger leaves Chelsea for €20m Leipzig comeback

A sub-par 2021/22 season has led to the German winger to return to his previous club.

Chelsea winger Timo Werner has returned to his old club RB Leipzig for a five-year deal worth to be around €20 million plus add-ons, as reported by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Werner joined Chelsea two years ago, when the club was still led by current Everton manager Frank Lampard. His dismissal and the subsequent appointment of German manager Thomas Tuchel resulted in a lack of consistency during the 2021/22 season, prompting his return to the club where he made his name.

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Timo Werner’s Career So Far

Timo Werner joined his hometown club VFB Stuttgart’s youth system in 2002 and made his senior debut in the 2013/14 Europa League qualifying phase, making him the club’s youngest player ever to play an official match at the age of 17. He also made his debut for Die Roten against Frankfurt, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer.

Werner agreed a four-year contract with Stuttgart’s rivals RB Leipzig in the 2016 summer transfer window for a reported fee of €10 million, the club’s highest in history. He became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to appear in 100 games. He finished the 2016/17 season as the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer with 21 goals and helped Die Rotten Bullen qualify for their first Champions League campaign. With 95 goals in his career, he broke Daniel Frahn’s record as the club’s all-time leading scorer.

Timo Werner to RB Leipzig: German winger leaves Chelsea for €20m Leipzig comeback

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He signed a five-year contract with English club Chelsea in the summer of 2020 after the London club activated his £47.5 million release clause. Werner began his Chelsea career with a bang, scoring his first goal in a League Cup loss to Tottenham and then scoring a brace in a 3-3 draw with Southampton, assisting on the third to Kai Havertz. He also helped Thomas Tuchel to Champion League glory, when Chelsea won the Europe’s most prestegious competition in the 2020/21 season, with Mason Mount assisting Kai Havertz in a 1-0 win against league rivals Manchester City.

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