By Noel Whelan

3rd Aug, 2022 | 10:07am

Expert salutes £41.8m Chelsea news amid Timo Werner talks update

Noel Whelan has hailed Chelsea striker Timo Werner for his honesty as he reportedly prepares to take a 50% pay cut to leave the club.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old “should have done better” at Stamford Bridge after arriving for big money in 2020.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano (1 August), RB Leipzig have met with Chelsea and are pushing to re-sign Werner this summer – despite potential interest from Juventus and Newcastle.

German outlet Bild (29 July) claim the striker is willing to take a 50% pay cut on his £275,000-a-week salary in order to seal a return to the Bundesliga.

That would represent a saving of almost £41.8million for Chelsea across the three remaining years of his Stamford Bridge contract.

Werner scored just 11 goals in 37 outings last season as his struggles since joining the Blues continued.

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Whelan backed the forward to move on in order to cement his place in the Germany side for the World Cup.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “He just wants to play football, clearly, so it’s nice to see that it’s not just about the pound signs.

“He’s been paid a lot of money at Chelsea, but it’s not worked out. He should have done better, there’s no doubt about it.

“His end product is just not there – whether it’s assists or goals – he just doesn’t have enough.

“But to hold your hands up and want to go back to his old club just shows his desire to play football, keep fit, and keep himself in that Germany squad for the World Cup.

“It takes a lot to do that. It’s basically saying: ‘Yeah, I haven’t done enough and I’m willing to start again.’

“Let’s hope Chelsea can replace him well.”

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