Tuchel thrilled with goal for Lukaku on second Chelsea debut
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Chelsea forward Timo Werner rejected a move to Inter Milan this summer, according to reports. The Germany international is ready to fight for his place under Thomas Tuchel following Romelu Lukaku’s club-record arrival earlier this month.
Many considered Werner’s debut season at Chelsea disappointing, but he scored 12 goals and assisted just as many times in all competitions.
The 25-year-old’s wastefulness in front of goal overshadowed how he was Frank Lampard and Tuchel’s biggest contributor.
Lukaku entering the fray poured doubt over Werner’s future in west London, with competition ripe for places in the attack.
But recent reports suggest he has already dismissed a departure so he can attempt to make his Chelsea move a success.
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According to BILD, Inter wanted to sign Werner this summer and held talks with Chelsea over the transfer.
The two clubs discussed Werner on the side whilst completing the £97.5million deal for Lukaku.
But he rejected Inter and refused to leave Stamford Bridge, despite Lukaku’s imminent arrival.
Werner has come across as excited to team up with Lukaku rather than feeling threatened over his place.
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He said: “He’s probably one of the best three strikers in the world at the moment, no question.
“I don’t think we need to say too much about him. He’s a world-class striker who would benefit any team.
“I certainly think at RB Leipzig, it always helped me having a big striker alongside me.
“I think that’s good because I’m not the biggest, and when you play on your own upfront, you obviously have the attention of one or two brawny defenders.
“It’s a good new weapon to have in our game when you know if you play a long ball he’ll hold it up and then the fast players around him can set off. I think that’s good for any team.”
With Lukaku now firmly Tuchel’s first-choice striker, Werner will heavily feature on the wing this season.
His pace and dribbling ability could help him thrive in the position, but as mentioned, he’s up against tough competition.
Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz will also be vying for a starting spot out wide in Tuchel’s team.
Werner will have to provide consistent output in terms of goals and assists to keep his place and him and Tuchel happy.
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