Timo Werner swapped RB Leipzig for Chelsea in the summer of 2020 and has struggled to replicate his impressive Bundesliga form in England.
On Wednesday, the forward insisted he hasn’t been letting setbacks get to him too much.
The 25-year-old’s failure to shine in his debut season at Stamford Bridge saw the Blues invest big on Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
Thomas Tuchel has preferred the Belgian this term, resulting in Werner being in and out of the starting lineup. The former Leipzig man has been on the pitch for 453 minutes in eight matches, out of which he has played less than 300 minutes in the league.
Express.de interviewed the Germany international and asked if he can be satisfied with the minutes he had this season.
Responding to that, Werner said: “No, the last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea. After many years, I was suddenly a little behind and had to fight my way again. A career always goes up and down, never steadily upwards. But you learn to deal with it.
“I have to bite into it again, that challenges me. Of course, I would like to enjoy more minutes, so I give my best in training.”
While the attacker is going through his struggles with the Champions League winners, reports have placed him at other clubs. Recent claims in the British press have suggested the player has set a deadline for himself.
Asked about these reports and the Chelsea man said: “I don’t know anything about the deadline. Of course, I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course, I want to be a regular in a big team.
“But I’m not saying that if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas, I really want to leave. Things happen relatively quickly in football. I have to look at the bigger picture to make my decision.”
Werner recently changed agents and is now managed by Volker Struth. This led to reports of his possible arrival at Bayern Munich due to the agent’s close ties with the club. He has now dismissed these suggestions.
“I didn’t choose Volker because he has some players and the coach in Munich. I repositioned myself with him to get a new perspective on my career. This should not be interpreted as a hint for or against Bayern,” Werner stressed.
“It just worked out well between us. It wasn’t about which club might be of interest to me in the future. It was just about the interpersonal basis. The cooperation so far has been very good.”