‘A heavy heart’: Timo Werner says he would be gutted if two of his Chelsea teammates left the club

Timo Werner expressed his feeling of disappointment toward Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s potential withdrawal from Chelsea.

Speaking to Sky Germany recently (as relayed by Football Daily), Werner admitted he would be pretty crestfallen should the pair both leave Stamford Bridge over the summer.

What is going on with Rudiger and Christensen?

As it stands, the defensive duo will be departing through the Stamford Bridge exit door in the next few months.

Their contracts expire at the end of the season, with foreign sides now able to discuss and possibly seal the terms of a transfer away from South West London.

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Christensen and Rudiger have admirers from across the continent, yet it is the latter whose fan base stretches the furthest.

At the start of the month, Sky Sports reported that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus had all initiated talks with the German’s representatives over a move.

Whilst some may have fallen away, the 28-year-old remains one of the game’s most sort after possessions.

Meanwhile, Cadenaser claimed yesterday that Barcelona are in conversation with Christensen’s people.

There is also apparent interest from the Premier League for the centre-back partners, yet joining a rival to Chelsea seems off the cards for now.

But, in terms of a change of scenery elsewhere in the world, everything is still on the table.

Werner deliver his verdict

“I’m not involved in the negotiations of these two players. I would be happy with both if they stayed here because they are very, very good defenders,” said Werner about his colleague’s situations.  

“You would give them away with a heavy heart if they left.”

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Chelsea would be losing two of Europe’s finest centre-halves if they decide to flee the nest.

Not to mention arguably the most consistent and versatile defender of the decade in Cesar Azpilicueta.

Like Rudiger and Christensen, the Spain international’s deal expires in June, with teams from his native land seemingly ready to welcome him home.

Tuchel has at least kept hold of Thiago Silva for another campaign, the Brazilian recently committing to the club until 2023.

The Blues will be hoping for similar dedication from the other players on the brink of bidding farewell.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.