Timo Werner has rejoined RB Leipzig from Chelsea. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
Timo Werner has rejoined RB Leipzig from Chelsea. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

Timo Werner makes RB Leipzig return after two-season stay at Chelsea comes to an end


Timo Werner is back in the Bundesliga after the 26-year-old striker agreed to a return to his former side RB Leipzig from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

The Germany international - nicknamed 'Turbo' on account of his electric pace - lit up the Bundesliga with Leipzig and VfB Stuttgart prior to making a switch to the Premier League in June 2020. His return to Die Roten Bullen follows David Raum's recent move to the 2022/23 top-flight title challengers as Domenic Tedesco's side continue to strengthen for a jam-packed campaign.

"I'm very happy to be playing for RB Leipzig again," Werner said. "I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we caused a stir as Bundesliga newcomers. I had a fitting send-off when I left as the club's all-time record scorer, but that's in the past and now I want to look to the future because, like me, RB Leipzig have developed further in the last two years."

After rising through the ranks at home club Stuttgart, Werner went on to become Die Roten's youngest-ever debutant and senior goalscorer and would leave the club having netted 13 goals in 95 German top-flight appearances.

Arriving at Leipzig in 2016, the switch would catapult the forward to global renown. Scoring an incredible 93 goals and providing 40 assists in just 158 games for the German high-fliers, Werner well and truly left his mark ahead of a transfer to Chelsea.

In two seasons at the London-based side, the striker won UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup honours while he weighed in with 23 goals and 21 assists in 89 appearances in Chelsea blue. A Confederations Cup winner with Germany, Werner has amassed 24 goals in 53 games for Die Mannschaft and he will be keen to impress national team boss Hansi Flick in the coming months with the FIFA World Cup on the horizon.

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Werner will join up with his Leipzig teammates ahead of their Bundesliga Matchday 2 assignment against Cologne.

After losing out to Bayern Munich in the Supercup, the DFB Cup holders - who will compete in the Champions League group stages this season after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last term - will be keen for a maiden league win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Werner's former club VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 1.