News according to Sports Central has it that former Chelsea manager and legend Roberto Di Matteo revealed he is a long-time admirer of new Blues striker Timo Werner, having tried to sign the forward twice himself as a manager, and explained why he is excited to see him in a Blues shirt.
Werner will move from Leipzig to Chelsea next month before the start of the 2020/21 season after agreeing to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer window following the arrival of Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.
Di Matteo won silverware as a player and manager during his days in West London, especially in the latter role when Chelsea won the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012. Later in his career as a manager, he discovered for the first time the enormous potential of Werner in Germany.
Di Matteo said: ‘When I was at Schalke he was at Stuttgart and he was just coming on to the scene. ‘During the second part of the season, before I left, I was planning with my sporting director. ‘I was saying I wanted to sign this guy, he’s good. He was young, quick, and technically good. I said “can we not sign this boy Timo”. ‘We didn’t in the end and then I resigned and so on. Then I went to Villa, Stuttgart, the season after, they got relegated, and so I enquired again to sign him, but then Leipzig signed him on.’
The disappointment of missing Werner twice to add his team with Schalke and Aston Villa did not dampen Di Matteo's enthusiasm for the talents of the 24-year-old.
The Blues former midfielder added: ‘I’m a big fan of his and he’s developed really, really well as well. ‘He’s a goal scorer, he scores goals, so he can guarantee a certain amount of goals for the team, which is very good, and he’s very pacey as well, he’s fast..