'I'm a fan': Lothar Matthaus suggests 26-year-old Chelsea player may need to leave Stamford Bridge

Lothar Matthaus suggests Chelsea’s Timo Werner may need to consider a move away from Stamford Bridge, adding he would love to see him back in the Bundesliga.

German legend Matthaus has been discussing the qualities and future of his fellow countryman.

Werner, 26, is in a difficult situation at Chelsea where he can’t seem to nail down a regular starting position.

The Blues attacker has seven goals in 28 appearances so far this campaign but you wouldn’t put him down as someone in Thomas Tuchel’s best XI.

In contrast, Werner has actually scored six goals in his last six appearances for Germany. He netted at the weekend in the win against Israel and is preparing to face the Netherlands tonight in an international friendly match.

Matthaus is a big admirer of the inconsistent Chelsea forward, who he believes needs to think about his club future.

“I like him a lot as a player. Even if he has long dry spells at his club or is rarely used. You never hear him grumble, complain or otherwise lament. He always puts himself at the service of the team, creates gaps, runs a lot and then rewards himself with a goal every now and then, especially in the national team. His big plus is of course its speed. You saw that not least in his goal against Israel,” Matthaus said.

“The national coach will really moderate that, I’m sure. The question arises whether he might have to leave Chelsea to gain more match practice. Only he can decide that. I would be happy if we see him again in the Bundesliga. Like I said, I’m a fan of his style of play. Of course, if he manages to make it through at Chelsea, that would be great for him too. A goal against Holland could help with that and of course we wouldn’t begrudge him that.”

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Chelsea exit could suit all parties

Sadly, selling Werner in the summer window could be the right thing to do. Of course, the Blues first need to sort new ownership before acting in the transfer market again.

Werner has been a huge fan favourite since his move to Stamford Bridge over 18 months ago.

He’s part of the famous Blues group to win the European crown, plus you can’t fault his work rate and desire.

However, he looks a shadow of the player he was in Germany.

He scored 95 goals in 159 RB Leipzig appearances, so it would be great to see him get back to that kind of devastating form.

Werner has even admitted himself it suits him more playing in the German national team than at Chelsea right now.

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