Having recently found himself linked with a Liverpool move while whispers of Tottenham and Bayern Munich interest swirl a little further in the background, RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner was perhaps inevitably asked this week about the possibility that he could be moving on in the summer.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rising star 21-year-old who can play across the attacking band and has broken through at Leipzig this year after he moved to the club last summer, said he’s not looking at moving on, that he’s enjoying his time at his current club, and that Leizpig is the right place for him.
“I want to keep growing with Leipzig,” he told Welt am Sonntag over the weekend. “I’m still only 21 years old and have plenty of time ahead of me, and I’m very happy at Leipzig. Joining the club has been a stroke of luck and allowed me to find my way again under Ralph Hasenhuttl.”
It’s about what every player linked with a move away is expected to say, so whether one takes it at face value or not will be almost entirely up to the reader. On paper at least, the versatile Werner seems an ideal Plan B for Liverpool should top attacking target Julian Brandt end up at Bayern Munich.
If that were to happen, then Liverpool pushing hard to sign the young and versatile Werner, who earned his first call-up to the German international team last week, would make a lot of sense. It just might not lead to a transfer, depending on whether one takes Werner’s recent statement at face value.
Since moving to Leipzig from Stuttgart last summer in a €10M deal, Werner has scored 14 goals and added six assists in 24 Bundesliga appearances, good for a goal involvement every 94 minutes he’s been on the pitch.