Speaking for an issue of Sport Bild magazine, Timo Werner discussed his future at RB Leipzig and the possibility of working under Julian Naglesmann, Germany team-mate Mesut Özil’s retirement from international duty and his desire to reach the heights of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
“With the signing of Julian Nagelsmann, the club has set an exclamation mark. When a coach like that comes, you think about playing under him for longer. Because I’m convinced that he makes you even better. But my contract with RB runs until 2020 anyway, so I will definitely play under him for at least a year. Then I’ll see if his system and his ideas suit me. Whether we really have a chance to become the Bundesliga champions someday and maybe even play regularly in the Champions League.”
“I play a good and important role in Leipzig. Many football fans in Germany now know me, maybe also some in Europe. But you have the big goal that the whole world knows you as a real top player. But you can only do that if you’re playing a Champions League final or at least a semi-final. I don’t think we are quite ready to achieve this in Leipzig yet.”
“I would like to reach a level like [Eden] Hazard or [Antione] Griezmann – I don’t even think of Neymar, Messi or Ronaldo at all – then maybe you have to go to a really big club because there the attention is a whole different one.”
“I think it’s sad that it ended like this. He has done a lot for Germany, he was a regular player at the World Cup title win in Brazil. You wish that the two parties will meet again and not disperse in this way. I also think that many in the team would be happy if Mesut Özil said I would do it again. He is a player who can make a difference and is highly respected in the team.”
The rest of the interview will be available to see in Wednesday’s issue of Sport Bild magazine.