Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has blocked Timo Werner’s push to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Germany.
The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact since arriving in a £47.5m deal from RB Leipzig in 2020, scoring 23 goals in 89 games for Chelsea.
RB Leipzig have expressed an interest in re-singing Werner this summer, while the player is also keen to move in order to get more minutes on the pitch ahead of Germany’s World Cup campaign in Qatar this year.
But according to Kicker, Tuchel has ‘put a stop’ to Werner’s plan to leave Stamford Bridge as he still wants the German to be part of his team for the upcoming campaign.
Werner, meanwhile, is reported to be concerned over his lack of playing time under Tuchel having started just 15 matches in the Premier League last campaign.
Earlier this month, Werner suggested that he was open to the idea of leaving the London clun in order to secure regular playing time.
‘I could be happy everywhere,’ Werner said. ‘It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also to have a chance to play at the World Cup.
‘It doesn’t change anything whether it is a winter World Cup or in the summer. I think if I play half of the season or the whole season, I should play. It doesn’t change anything in my mind.’
But when asked about the possibility of Werner leaving Chelsea this summer, Tuchel said last week that the 26-year-old ‘has a point to prove’ at Stamford Bridge.
‘I don’t know about it, Timo has not talked to me about it,’ said the Chelsea manager.
‘In the moment I think he wants to make his way at Chelsea. He has still to prove a point.’