RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has admits that he is not considering the possibility of Timo Werner refusing to play for the club in the Uefa Champions League ahead of a proposed switch to Chelsea.
The Blues are closing in on announcing the £53million deal for Werner after agreed a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week with the Germany star earlier this month.
The Bundesliga finishes on June 27 but Leipzig have a Champions League quarter-final to play in August.
Sportarena understands the 24-year-old is wary of picking up an injury that would hamper his adaptation to life at Chelsea and is prepared to snub any request from Leipzig to continue playing in Champions League.
However, with the transfer yet to be completed, Nagelsmann insists he is not thinking about Werner being unavailable.
‘It’s not like I read somewhere that I don’t fight for him,’ Nagelsmann said.
‘He knows how much I like him and what I think of him. That’s why he plays every week and also played when he played half a time weaker than he can.
‘That’s confirmation enough. Nevertheless, some things go beyond the coach’s wish. Each player has his own career and life plan.
‘The transfer is still not completed, so we don’t need to talk about step two.
‘If step one is done, we’ll see how the Champions League continues.’
Meanwhile, Timo Werner is expected to be unveiled as Chelsea player later this week after the Blues overcome some minor issues.
Werner, 24, who scored 31 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig this season, expected to ease the goalscoring burden on Tammy Abraham’s shoulders when arrived at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have already acted quickly to capture Ajax aced Hakim Ziyech for £33m and they keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.