Chelsea-bound Timo Werner handed farewell gift from RB Leipzig

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Timo Werner in action against Hertha Berlin. Reuters

Timo Werner celebrates after scoring for RB Leipzig against FC Union Berlin. EPA

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner scores their third goal against FC Cologne. Reuters

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner celebrates scoring their third goal against Cologne. Reuters

Timo Werner controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin. AFP

Timo Werner celebragtes with teammates after scoring against Hertha Berlin. AFP

SC Paderborn's Anthony Evans, right, in action against RB Leipzig's Timo Werner. AP

Paderborns Jamilu Collins against RB Leipzigs Timo Werner, right. PA

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig is tackled by Marlon Ritter SC Paderborn. Getty Images

Timo Werner reacts during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SC Paderborn. EPA

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June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

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RB Leipzig gave Chelsea-bound striker Timo Werner a farewell gift ahead of the club's final Bundesliga home game of the season on Saturday.

Prior to the match against Borussia Dortmund, which Leipzig lost 2-0, Werner was presented with a special mosaic by sports director Markus Kroesche and managing director Oliver Mintzlaff.

Werner, 24, sealed a €55 million (Dh226m) transfer to Chelsea last week and has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League club. The Germany international will complete his move at the end of the season, subject to a medical.

Werner has been in prolific form for Leipzig this season, scoring 32 goals and registering 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.

After being heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions-in-waiting Liverpool, it was Chelsea who swooped in to complete the deal before Werner's buyout clause expired.

"I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club," Werner said. "I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart.

"I look forward to next season with my new teammates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us."

Werner is Chelsea's second high-profile signing of 2020. The German striker will be joined at Stamford Bridge by Morocco international winger Hakim Ziyech, who in February signed a five-year contract after the Blues agreed a £40 million (Dh181.8m) fee with Dutch champions Ajax.

While Werner still has one more match in Leipzig colours - away at Augsburg on Saturday - Ziyech has already played his final game for Ajax after the Dutch season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic - a decision Ziyech slammed as "nonsense".

Updated: June 21, 2020 10:03 AM

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