Man Utd target Werner can be world class - Klose

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Robert Michael
The 22-year-old striker is aiming for the top of the game and the Germany icon is backing him to fulfil his dream

Germany and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has what it takes to become one of the best strikers in the world, Miroslav Klose says.

The 22-year-old has excelled in the Bundesliga since joining Leipzig two years ago after his breakthrough at Stuttgart and is part of the national team for the World Cup.

Speculation has been building around the forward's future, however, as Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest.

Werner has opened the door to a move this summer, admitting that he needs to leave Leipzig to fulfil his potential, though he says no decision will be made until after the tournament in Russia.

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As part of Joachim Low's coaching team, former Bayern and Germany striker Klose is working closely with Werner and is convinced his rise will continue.

"Werner is young, he can eventually become world class because he has this momentum, "Klose told Kicker.

"The combinations, the angles, how he positions himself. There is something missing with him - he is not as natural as Robert Lewandowski."

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As a goalscoring hero for Germany, Klose sees the value that a player like Werner brings to the team in their hunt for a consecutive world crown.

"I've always been a real striker," Klose said. "You need a forward in there, whether it's a fast one like Timo Werner, or a big one like Mario Gomez, because you know you have a lot on the wings, and you need one who knocks the ball in."

Germany are drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and begin their campaign against El Tri on June 17.