Could Timo Werner play for Chelsea in the Champions League?
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is reportedly ready to miss out the Champions League restart in order to join Chelsea.
The Champions League will reportedly return in August with Lisbon hosting the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in 12 days, according to a report from Sky Sports.
Leipzig have cemented their place in the quarterfinals after defeating Tottenham Hotspur back in March, but the Bundesliga club could play the rest of the competition without their top scorer.
Werner who has had four goals and two assists from eight appearances in the Champions League this season should not be in Leipzig’s Champions League squad; said a report from German outlet Bild.
The report added that the 24-year-old plans to join Chelsea as soon as Bundesliga finishes at the end of this month.
The Express ran a story claiming Werner could play for Chelsea in the remaining Champions League fixtures, as UEFA executives will have a meeting on Wednesday.
The Blues will have a difficult task ahead of them after the 3-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich in February and need all the firepower they could have to have any chance of qualifying to the quarterfinal.
The question some may have been asking is ‘could Chelsea register him to play against Bayern (assuming the transfer happens before August)?’.
It depends on the decision taken in the UEFA meeting, but as it stands, no.
UEFA have removed the ‘cup-tied’ rule from all European competitions in 2018, which allows players to play in two different teams in the Champions League and the Europa League.
This may allow Werner to play for Chelsea despite already played for Leipzig, but the Champions League also has a deadline for player registration which was 24:00 CET on Monday 3 February (UEFA’s official website).
A new decision could override this rule, of course, but it seems unlikely.
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