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Christopher Nkunku sent warning over Chelsea move by Bundesliga star familiar to Stamford Bridge struggles

Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig May 2022

Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner has warned RB Leipzig team-mate Christopher Nkunku that he will face a completely different level of pressure if and when he moves to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues reportedly agreed to meet the forward’s buy-out clause towards the end of December and will welcome the France international to Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign.

Despite Chelsea or Leipzig failing to officially announce the transfer, it’s claimed that Graham Potter’s men will end up paying around £60million for Nkunku’s signature.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed four impressive seasons at Leipzig, scoring 64 goals in 159 appearances for the Bundesliga club. Meanwhile, his form also led to him breaking into the France squad.

Despite being named in the World Cup squad for Qatar, Nkunku failed to feature due to injury.

And speaking about his strike partner’s proposed Stamford Bridge switch, Werner had some valuable advice.

The Germany international netted 23 goals in 89 games for the Blues. However, he became somewhat of a joke figure for the number of easy chances he squandered and was eventually sent back to Leipzig last summer.

“‘Everyone has to have their own experience,” Werner told Bild.

“I had a very good first year, the second was so-so. I can tell him from positive and negative experiences, should he move.

Chelsea on another level to Leipzig

“At a club like that, you don’t play like you did at RB Leipzig, because there’s even more competition – not only on a sporting level, but also on another level, in the mental area.

“You have to cope with that, and everyone has to find their own way. That’s why it’s the wrong approach to give others tips.

“My time there has changed me a lot. It made me more mature, more reflective. And made me want to go abroad again at the end of my career.

“I still get a lot of letters from Chelsea fans or am addressed on vacation – almost always positively. I think they liked that I was authentic.

“It’s important that you can be who you are in football too. And you don’t always have to pretend.”

Chelsea have so far spent more than £400m on new signings since Todd Boehly purchased the club. And it appears that the American is not done yet as he continues to reshape Potter’s squad, despite continuous rumours over the manager’s future.

The Blues are back in action on Saturday when they head to Liverpool in the Premier League.

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