Tuchel coy when quizzed on Chelsea's Lukaku links
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Kai Havertz has given his verdict on “unpredictable” Timo Werner as Chelsea continue their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku. The Premier League side are set to launch another bid for Inter Milan striker Lukaku – leading to questions over where Werner fits into Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
Inter have already rejected the Blues’ £85million offer plus Marcos Alonso, according to reports, with the Serie A giants side desperate to keep hold of their star marksman.
Chelsea are likely to submit a higher bid in the coming days, with some reports claiming they could offer more than £100m plus a player in order to land their man.
The Champions League winners’ search for a new centre-forward comes after Werner struggled in his first season in England’s top flight, scoring just 12 goals in all competitions following his £47m move from RB Leipzig.
But club-mate Kai Havertz says his fellow Germany international is a huge asset to Chelsea, with Werner’s movement having caused opponents plenty of problems while he also chipped in with 15 assists.
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“After last season you have to say he’s a better assist-maker than everyone else in the team,” Havertz told The Athletic.
Havertz said Werner had to adapt his game in the Premier League, having been a much more prolific scorer at RB Leipzig where he fired 95 goals in 159 games.
“He changed his style of play and made more assists than goals, but he has every ability,” added the 22-year-old, who suffered his own issues in settling at Stamford Bridge before firing the goal that saw Chelsea lift the European Cup.
“In the Champions League final, for example, he did the run to the left which opened the space for me (to score). He can do everything, and that’s a reason why he’s so unpredictable.”
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Havertz said it took time for himself and Werner to adapt to life at Chelsea and develop relationships on the pitch with their new team-mates.
And he is confident fans will see more of their best form as they prepare to embark on their second seasons with the West London club.
“We have so much talent in our team, so many young players with so much potential,” said the £72m midfielder, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
“It always takes a little bit of time. Timo and I started the first game (against Brighton last season).
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“I had trained for one and a half weeks with the team and nobody knew me, nobody had an understanding with me.
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“It was difficult for everybody. Timo was a little longer than me, but it was difficult for the first few months.
“It takes a little bit of time, but when you come as an £80million transfer people expect you to play like this even though you don’t have time to adapt.
“Now I think we’re getting used to it, and we’re very happy to be here.”
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