Antonio Rudiger has said he sees similarities between Chelsea’s summer signing Timo Werner and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
The 24-year-old is expected to arrive in London in July, after four successful seasons at RB Leipzig where he scored 93 goals (RB Leipzig’s official website).
Having his close friend Rudiger in the dressing room will definitely help Werner to settle down into his new environment.
Rudiger himself said, like the rest of the team, is excited with Werner’s signing and personally “looking forward to work with Werner” once again.
“He can be very important for us,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
The former Roma defender also compared Werner with one of the most clinical finishers in the Premier League at the moment, Vardy.
He said: “RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy.
“He has a lot of pace and if the defender makes a mistake and loses the ball, then he goes!”
The 27-year-old has had a point there since Werner and Vardy had the most goals from counter-attack situations in Europe’s top five leagues this season, five goals (ranked first in Europe) and four goals (ranked second) respectively (Whoscored).
Rudiger also admitted that he played a part in convincing his international teammate to come to Stamford Bridge, having been in contact a lot during the lockdown.
“Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do,” he added.
Rudiger said he has known Werner since the latter was 17, having played together at VfB Stuttgart.
About Werner’s personality, Rudiger said: “I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better.
“I hope he adapts very quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.”
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