Timo Werner to withdraw from RB Leipzig’s Champions League squad

June 16, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

RB Leipzig are set to be without forward Timo Werner for the remainder of their UEFA Champions League campaign, with the striker seemingly edging closer to a move to Chelsea.

According to Sport Bild, the 24-year-old has requested to be withdrawn from the club’s squad for the remainder of the competition in anticipation of his pending move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues apparently agreed a £53m fee for Werner last week as Frank Lampard attempts to refresh his squad ahead of his second season in charge.

The striker is seeing out the remainder of the Bundesliga campaign as Julian Nagelsmann’s troops attempt to push Borussia Dortmund for the runners-up spot behind champions in waiting Bayern Munich. However, he will take no further part in European competition despite Leipzig managing to reach the quarter-finals.

Since their 4-0 aggregate win against Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, all European competition has been on hold due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. There are reports suggesting that the Champions League could be completed via a 12-day mini-tournament in Lisbon though.

Even with the possibility of being without star forward Werner, RB Leipzig can be backed at a price of 12/1 with Paddy Power to win their first European crown this season.

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