Werner: Why I'm ditching the UCL

UEFA Champions League

Germany forward Timo Werner has explained why he ditched RB Leipzig's UEFA Champions League dream this season to join Chelsea earlier.

Werner will team up with the Premier League giants on 1 July after Frank Lampard's side activated his £47.5-million release clause to lure him away from the Bundesliga.

The 24-year-old had the chance to remain at Leipzig to complete their league campaign and Champions League season after helping them qualify for the quarter-final stage of the competition.

However, he's now sought to explain why he's leaving prematurely to depart for London after becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer by netting his 94th goal in his final game.

"Of course it hurts me that I can't help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League. But I'm a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I'm being paid by Chelsea from then on, Werner told Sportbuzzer.

"It was clear that all parties - Chelsea, RB and my side - should and must settle this. Of course, I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side. That's why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs."

The 29-time capped Germany star has scored 34 goals and registered 13 assists in 45 games across all competitions for Die Bullen this season.

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