Timo Werner won't finish 19/20 Champions League for RB Leipzig due to Chelsea transfer

The German is set to join the Premier League side in July, making him unavailable for the European competition when it recommences

2:20pm on Tuesday 16th June 2020
Martin Macdonald

RB Leipzig will be without talismanic striker Timo Werner in August for the remainder of the Champions League season, with the German star set to join Chelsea in the middle of July.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the remaining Round of 16 games in Europe were postponed, with the final stages of the competition being moved to a mini-competition in August.

Since the pandemic, Chelsea have agreed terms on a deal to sign Werner for €60m, with him set to join the Blues once the summer transfer window opens.

Though Leipzig will technically still be in their 2019/20 campaign in August, the German will have already officially joined Chelsea by that point, making him ineligible to feature for his current club.

Chelsea are indeed still in the Champions League also, but face a tough task overcoming Bayern Munich after a first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge. If Frank Lampard’s side were to achieve unlikely progression, they would not be able to call upon the services of Werner either.

Werner has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season and 25 goals in the Bundesliga, and although he could potentially stay and finish off the season with Leipzig if that was his desire, Sky Germany reports that his focus is believed to be on pre-season with his new club, Chelsea, in August.

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