Timo Werner: Probably Leipzig instead of FC Bayern - Sport
- The long suggestive transfer of Timo Werner to Bayern comes this summer but not.
- He will stay in Leipzig at least for the 2019/20 season - and could even extend his contract.
- RB Manager Krösche says: "We have done everything, have given him all the appreciation that can be given as an association."
Timo Werner looked a little surprised when the blackboard with the number 11 was held up on the outside line of the stadium An der Alten Försterei. And so the signal came that he should end his shift after 65 minutes and against Christopher Nkunku, shirt number 18, should be replaced. The perplexity was understandable: Werner had not only achieved a formidable goal (42). He had contributed with an energy performance to the fact that between RB Leipzig, his team, and the Bundesliga debutants FC Union Berlin had opened a gap that reflected the final result appropriately, Leipzig won 4-0.
Why me? Seemed to ask Werner's face, I played well! If he had any doubts that his new coach Julian Nagelsmann could have seen that somehow different, they were quickly dispersed. Because Nagelsmann was then full of praise.
"He is an important player, had great one-on-one situations, a lot of speed and scored a great goal, we need him," said former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim coach: "I hope he stays."
Werner did not want to change to Munich himself
Werner will, so much is certain, stay in Leipzig at least in the 2019/20 season. On Sunday evening, the game in Berlin-Köpenick had just ended, the message circulated Bild-Zeitung, after which FC Bayern have finally canceled Werner for this summer. The further transport of the message was a detail that is quite important: Werner himself had weeks ago refrained from the idea to go to Munich now. He had followed the offensive, public courtship of Bavaria to Leroy Sané (Manchester City) very attentive - and felt held in a way that did not like him, after all, center-forward of the German national team.
Especially since he had also attracted the attention of top names like Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid and AS Roma in the summer. After all, what one knows reliably about Werner, a change abroad is for him at the moment not up for debate. At the age of 23, he imagines himself at an age in which he can and wants to develop in Germany. But who knows how it all presents itself in the medium term?
In the short term, he will have to decide whether he accepts the still valid offer of the Leipzig, to extend the contract. Beyond the sporting considerations, this is also of economic interest for Leipzig, Werner is bound to Leipzig until the summer of 2020. After that, he could change on a free transfer, which in turn gives the prospect a whopping signing fairy offers, so for Werner personally would be lucrative. This enticing perspective also explains why the Swabian resisted the publically and sometimes ultimately formulated requests of the people of Leipzig to finally opt for or against the extension of their contract.