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Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger explains role in Timo Werner transfer and makes Jamie Vardy comparison


Antonio Rudiger has revealed he "did his bit" in convincing Timo Werner to join Chelsea, comparing his compatriot's playing style to that of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

Chelsea confirmed the £53million signing of Werner last week as Frank Lampard continues to build his attack following the acquisition of Hakim Ziyech back in February.

The 24-year-old - who has scored an impressive 32 goals in 44 matches across all competitions this season - appeared to have been a prime target for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool before Chelsea made their move.


And Rudiger - who has played alongside Werner for Stuttgart and the German national team - has now revealed he did speak to his fellow countryman before he committed to the Blues.


"I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time," Rudiger told Chelsea's official website."We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do."


He added: "Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’ve known him since he was 17 and he did very good in the past few years. He can be very important for us."

Rudiger also said he's been thoroughly impressed by Werner's development in recent years, and believes he will add an extra burst of pace up top.


"He’s a really big threat to defenders," he said. "RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy.


He added: "Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’ve known him since he was 17 and he did very good in the past few years. He can be very important for us."

Rudiger also said he's been thoroughly impressed by Werner's development in recent years, and believes he will add an extra burst of pace up top.


"He’s a really big threat to defenders," he said. "RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy.



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