The role Frank Lampard played in sealing Chelsea’s Timo Werner deal
Timo Werner’s goalscoring exploits for RB Leipzig ensured he was always going to be in high demand, but it was Chelsea who ensured they would be the German striker’s next destination.
While the Blues’ spending power guaranteed them a seat at the table ahead of a move worth a reported £53million, Werner revealed how their manager Frank Lampard helped convince him he was making the right move.
“Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig,” Werner told Sky Germany, as reported by Metro.
“In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person.”
Werner scored 28 Bundesliga goals this season, a tally bested only by Robert Lewandowski, and the 95 he has in all competitions for Leipzig since joining in 2016 is a club record.
Chelsea midfielder tempted by Serie A move despite PSG rumours
Tiemoue Bakayoko seems set to leave Chelsea in the next transfer window, but the French midfielder is understood to be tempted to pass on the opportunity on an extended Ligue 1 stay.
Paris Saint-Germain had been interested, but Le10 Sport reports that AC Milan now appears to be the most likely destination.
Bakayoko spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Milan, having struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge, and is reportedly tempted by a move back to the Rossoneri on a permanent basis.
He has spent the current campaign on loan at Monaco, playing 20 of their 28 games before the Ligue 1 season came to an early end, but a longer-term return to the principality doesn’t appear to be on the cards.
The midfielder has two years left on his Chelsea deal, but the Blues are expected to take a significant loss on the £40million they paid Monaco for his services in 2017.
Ross Barkley shares Lampard’s half-time talk which spurred Blues to FA Cup progress
Chelsea needed to dig deep to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, with Ross Barkley’s second-half effort giving the Blues a 1-0 victory at Leicester City.
Barkley was introduced at the break in one of three half-time changes made by Frank Lampard, and the match-winner has shed some light on the team-talk which spurred the London side to victory.
After the game, BT Sport asked Barkley what the manager had told them at the break, and he said: “Just that it wasn’t good enough for the Chelsea badge to be performing like that in the first-half.
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“I thought we weren’t at our best today.
“There’s a lot of things we could’ve done better today but obviously getting the win is the main thing and keeping that momentum going. Since we’ve been back, we’ve won every game and getting into the next round.”
Chelsea will face Manchester United in their semi-final on the weekend of 18 July, with the winner facing either Manchester City or Arsenal in the final.
Before then, though, Chelsea will return to Premier League action with relegation-threatened West Ham and Watford in the next seven days.