Timo Werner has insisted he made the “hard decision” to join Chelsea in order to win top titles, while also confirming previous interest from Liverpool.
The £53million RB Leipzig recruit also revealed Frank Lampard convinced him with his Stamford Bridge vision.
Werner hailed Lampard’s £200million Blues overhaul, backing his side to capitalise on that rebuild and chase major honours in England.
Liverpool had shown strong early interest in Werner but the Reds baulked at the fee due to the coronavirus impact.
Chelsea duly swooped in and Werner has reflected on the battle for his services.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig I talked to different clubs, of course, next to Chelsea, there were some other clubs that I talked to,” the German said (via the PA news agency).
“But for me I don’t want to talk about so much about other clubs, because in the end I decided for Chelsea.
“Of course there were some other clubs also, like Liverpool – who have a great team, and also maybe I can fit good to some other teams.
“But at the end I decided to join Chelsea because for me it was the best decision I can take. Not only because of the style of football but also because of what they have shown to me.
“I think it was a hard decision in the end but I am very, very excited and proud that I decided like this because now when I have been here for at least one and a half months, it feels right.
“It feels good. The team is brilliant. We have some very good, but always calm and nice players. It is fun to player here at Chelsea and to be part of the team.
“We can do very well with this team in the next few months and the next few years.”
WERNER BACKED TO FLOURISH AGAINST LIVERPOOL
Meanwhile, Werner’s Chelsea teammate Kurt Zouma believes the striker can impress against Liverpool on Sunday.
The two sides face off at Stamford Bridge, with the Reds winning both ties last season.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side won 2-1 in south west London last September.