Timo Werner has revealed just how important Antonio Rudiger was in convincing him to join Chelsea.
Fellow Germany international Rudiger was in regular contact with Werner when he was plotting his next move, with Manchester United and Liverpool both also in contention to sign him.
Rudiger previously said: ‘We spoke a lot during the lockdown and once he told me he was interested in coming to England, of course then I did what I had to do.’
Werner has now fleshed out those discussions with his compatriot and explained how vital it was for him to get an inside view of Chelsea from someone he trusted.
‘It’s really important to have people who can speak your language and he helped me a lot in my first days here when sometimes I didn’t understand everything if the manager was talking too fast,’ Werner told Chelsea’s official website.
‘When it was not so clear if I was coming here and I was talking to the manager and members of the club, he was important to me.
‘To have a guy who was inside the team, he could tell me a little bit about the club – how are the people, the staff and the players, how is the feeling in the team, is everybody with each other?
‘He told me it is very good and fun to play here, that it’s a very big club that wants to win and that can win because they have the facilities for that. In this part, he was really important.’
Werner will face one of the clubs he could have signed for this weekend as Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.
He helped the Blues get off to a winning start against Brighton in their opening clash and he is relishing the opportunity to test himself against a variety of styles in the Premier League.
‘Tere are different systems and teams are different in how they play football – a lot of teams press high like Brighton did against us but other teams sit deep in their own half.
‘In the end, it will be down to us and how we play our football because we want to keep the ball, take different positions, rotate, move and create spaces for other players. When we play good, a lot of teams will have to stay deeper.’