Timo Werner said the conversation with Frank Lampard convinced him to join Chelsea as he expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old closes the chapter of his career with Leipzig with a brace against Augsburg on Saturday which also put him on the club’s record as the all-time leading goalscorer with 95 goals.
Werner who was previously linked with several other clubs such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich explained how Lampard’s words persuaded him to make the switch to London.
He told Bild: “The discussions with those responsible at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose Chelsea.
“The coach, in particular, stood behind me and really wanted me that it was clear to me that I would go to Chelsea, where I could feel just as comfortable as here.”
The Germany international further explained his conversation with Frank Lampard who visited Germany alongside Petr Cech who also became an interpreter, prior to the global pandemic travel restrictions.
In addition to that, Bild said Lampard had several phone calls with the striker.
“In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasized how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person,” Werner said.
“Of course, it is difficult to give up the kind of oasis of wellbeing I had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step.”
This shows how active Lampard can be in securing deals with transfer targets as a manager, something he probably picked up from Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho famously invited Cesc Fabregas to his house in order to convince the playmaker to sign the Chelsea deal in 2014 (The Telegraph).