Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel does not want Timo Werner to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after reported interest from Real Madrid.
That’s according to The Sun, who say that despite Los Blancos’ apparently eyeing a move for the Germany forward, the Blues are reluctant to let him leave the club after just one season in the Premier League.
In his debut campaign, Werner found the net 12 times for Chelsea in all competitions – with the 25-year-old finishing the term as the club’s joint top scorer with Tammy Abraham.
The German’s performances, despite not finding the net as much as he would have liked, were very encouraging in the second half of the season, especially under Tuchel.
Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to bring Werner to the Spanish capital as one of his first signings in his second spell as Real Madrid boss.
But Chelsea, are apparently determined to keep hold of the former RB Leipzig hitman.
Tuchel said last month that he fully expects Werner to enjoy a stronger 2021/22 campaign for the Blues after a season of settling into a new country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He’s still young and can still improve. This is what we demand week by week.
“When he has some time to reflect, rest, some time on holiday for mental rest, I’m sure he can take the next steps next year.
“He is not new anymore, he will know the environment, what he is coming back to, his team-mates, what he is up against on the first game and how to adapt. This will help him.
“We try to push the process right now because we need him.”
He added: “Don’t forget, many goal-scorers in Europe shoot penalties for their team and it’s common that they reach their high numbers with penalties.
“If we add the penalties we’ve had to his numbers, maybe everybody would be delighted with his first year.
“He hasn’t scored penalties, he doesn’t take them. We should consider that.
“At the moment, as I have said, I am happy that spectators are back because they will see the effort instantly.
“It is much easier to be a critic and judge a player when you’re not in the stadium. Once you are there, close to the guys, see the effort they put into matches, it is a bit more relative.”