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Agent defends Timo Werner from criticism over Chelsea move

By Rune Gjerulff

Timo Werner's agent, Karlheinz Förster, believes the striker has been unfairly criticized after it was announced that he will miss out on the rest of RB Leipzig's Champions League campaign to join Chelsea in July.

Timo Werner.
Timo Werner.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

Timo Werner's agent, Karlheinz Förster, has hit back at criticism over his client's move to Chelsea from RB Leipzig at the end of the Bundesliga season.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Werner will be making the move to Chelsea in July, which means that he will miss the rest of RB Leipzig's Champions League campaign in August.

Some have questioned the timing of Werner's move, including former German international Stefan Effenberg, who has accused the 24-year-old of letting his teammates down.

Förster has now come to the defense of his client, arguing that Werner doesn't deserve the criticism he's getting.

"What annoys me is that Timo is not put in a corner and portrayed as a bad sportsman, who lets his teammates down. I have to disagree with that quite clearly," Förster told Sport1 and added:

"It would have been anything but a good start for Timo at his new club if he had returned 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."

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