RB Leipzig have completed the signing of Chelsea forward Timo Werner on a permanent deal, two years after he left the club for the Premier League.

Chelsea met the Germany international’s £45m release clause in 2020 but will make a loss, with Werner returning in a deal believed to be about £25m.

Leipzig announced the German’s return on their official website and Florian Scholz, commercial director of sport said: “Timo Werner’s signing is a special transfer for us. His return means a lot to the supporters because Timo was a real fan favourite and figure of identification for a lot of people.”

“He’ll take on a leading role here. We have a brilliant level of variety and depth in our attack and a lot of quality going forward.”

Christopher Vivell, technical director added: “Timo Werner is a fantastic striker who brings another dynamic to our attack thanks to his profile. He has a lot of experience on the international stage and knows RB Leipzig very well.”

Speaking on his move, Werner who will wear No.11 for Leipzig, told the club’s website: “I’m very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig again. I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we performed brilliantly as newcomers in the league.

“It was a dignified departure for me to leave the club as record goal scorer, but that’s in the past now and I’m looking ahead, because both I and the club have developed in the past two years.

“I had two great years at Chelsea that I’m really grateful for and were crowned with the Champions League trophy. The experience to play abroad in a new league really helped me and my career.

“Now I’m looking forward to the new season with RB Leipzig and above all to meeting the Leipzig fans again, who mean a great deal to me. We want to achieve a lot and of course, I want to become the first Leipzig player to reach the 100-goal mark.”

The 26-year-old has confirmed he is leaving London in a posting on social media.

“Today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea FC,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club,” Werner added, and thanked his team-mates, staff and supporters.

Confirming his departure, Chelsea said via the club website: “The forward is heading back to the club where he enjoyed four successful years before moving to west London, departing Stamford Bridge for his homeland as a European and world champion.

“The Champions League triumph in Porto represents the highlight of his time with the Blues and he played his part in our success during his first season in England. Nobody matched his tallies of 12 goals or 15 assists in all competitions, while only Mason Mount made more appearances for Chelsea in 2020-21.

“He could not continue that high-scoring form over the winter after a switch to the wing, although matters did pick up again later in the season following the arrival of fellow German Thomas Tuchel as head coach, making some crucial contributions in the closing stages of the campaign, even if he did not return to those prolific early heights.

“All at Chelsea thank Timo for his contribution to our success over the past two years and wish him well for his future career.”

He was pictured arriving in Leipzig for a medical on Monday. 

Werner scored 23 goals in 89 games in all competitions for Chelsea, winning the Champions League in 2021. 

He was one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe when the Blues signed him in the summer of 2020, having also attracted interest from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. 

He scored 95 goals in 159 games in all competitions for Leipzig during his first spell at the club, after arriving from Stuttgart in 2016.

But Werner failed to replicate that goalscoring form in the English top flight, netting just 10 times in two seasons, 

However, he did play an important role in Chelsea’s run to European success in his first campaign, scoring in the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. 

Chelsea initially held talks with Leipzig about Werner returning to the club on loan but that has turned into a permanent deal.

Leipzig have also announced the signing of 19-year-old Slovenia forward Benjamin Sesko, who will remain at Red Bull Salzburg until July 2023 and will sign a five-year contract until 2028.


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