Thomas Tuchel surprised about Timo Werner’s desire to leave Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed shock that striker Timo Werner is mulling over leaving Chelsea.

The German forward recently admitted that he could be happy somewhere else, sparking surprise from his manager, who has warned that he should be grateful for playing for Chelsea.

Speaking on Monday this week, Werner dropped a heavy hint that he could be playing in another club by stating he could be happy elsewhere

The German striker has been linked with a transfer from Chelsea during the current transfer window with the arrival of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, doing little to silence the rumours. He has been linked with Juventus or a return to Germany as he looks to resurrect a career that is floundering at Chelsea. 

Signed in 2020 for £47.5million from RB Leipzig, the German has failed to fulfil his potential. And after making his desire for more game time known in public, his manager has urged him to do his talking on the pitch rather than off it.

Speaking on Wednesday night, after his team’s penalty shoot-out loss to MLS outfit Charlotte in a pre-season friendly, Tuchel expressed his dismay at those comments from his forward.

“I’m surprised. I would be very happy as a young guy having a contract at Chelsea football club. I would be one of the happiest people on the planet,” he said. 

“He needs to get his game time. He has to show quality, take your place and defend your place.

“I would be one of the happiest people on the planet having a contract with Chelsea. If he said this, I do not understand.”

Although Werner missed the defeat by Charlotte because of a hamstring injury, Tuchel insists he is part of his plans for this upcoming season: 

“Sure, he is our player, sure,’ he added.

Werner will be hoping to make an impact on Saturday when the Blues face Arsenal in Orlando in their final pre-season game in the United States.