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Werner explains Chelsea exit and fires warning to potential new signing Nkunku

  • Werner team-mate of Nkunku at RB Leipzig
  • Nkunku could join Chelsea this summer
  • Werner said life with Blues can be difficult

WHAT HAPPENED? Werner left Chelsea last August to return to RB Leipzig and has now explained his decision-making process while giving advice to Nkunku.

WHAT THEY SAID: "I wasn't part of the coach's plan anymore," Werner said of the reasoning behind his departure with Tuchel in charge. "You have to accept that and find a way to deal with it."

He warned Chelsea-linked team-mate Nkunku that the Stamford Bridge experience is very different from RB Leipzig, adding: "I can tell him about both positive and negative experiences, should he make the change. At a club like [Chelsea], you don't play like you do at RB Leipzig because there's more competition. [That's] not just on a sporting level, but also on a different level mentally."

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: After a rocky spell at Chelsea, Werner has been plagued by injuries this term, though he's still managed to score nine times in all competitions.


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WHAT NEXT FOR NKUNKU? A deal to join Chelsea in the summer has been "100 per cent agreed", according to Fabrizio Romano, and so it seems to be only a matter of time before he debuts at Stamford Bridge.