The agent of Chelsea-bound Timo Werner has denied claims that the striker is letting down his RB Leipzig teammates by leaving before the Champions League concludes.
Chelsea have pulled off one of the biggest coups of the upcoming transfer window, by agreeing to sign Werner from Leipzig for his £47.5m release clause.
The striker has been in sensational form this season, scoring 26 goals in 33 league appearances. Werner has also added four goals in Leipzig’s run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
However, with the tournament not set to resume until August, Werner will have left by the time Leipzig will be looking to continue that journey.
That has prompted criticism from some in Germany. However, his agent Karlheinz Forster has hit back at that criticism – insisting the decision to join Chelsea at the start of July was a collective one.
Forster told Sport1 (via the Metro): “What annoys me is that Timo is now put in a corner and portrayed as a bad sportsman, who lets his teammates down. I have to disagree with that quite clearly.
“It would have been anything but a good start for Timo at his new club if he had returned to Leipzig after his holidays to prepare for the restart of the Champions League.
“All involved parties – and not just Timo – decided that he will move to Chelsea on 1 July and not in mid or late August.”
Werner deal ruins Leipzig plans
Last week, before the Chelsea agreement was announced, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann said he still saw Werner as part of his plans for the Champions League.
“He is currently, as usual, in my plans to play the Champions League,” said Nagelsmann. “His importance to RB Leipzig is extraordinary.
“He has an incredibly good goalscoring rate, which you always hope for from a striker.”
The situation has clearly now changed, with Werner set to be a Chelsea player from 1st July. He will not be able to play for his new side until next season, though.