Newly Signed Raum would Welcome Leipzig Return of Werner

By Frank Kastner and Sandra Degenhardt, dpa

Newly signed David Raum started training at RB Leipzig on Tuesday and said he would welcome a return of fellow Germany player Timo Werner to the club.

Defender Raum joined the German Cup winners on Sunday from Hoffenheim on a five-year contract and news reports are saying that Leipzig are trying to get the forward Werner back after two years at Chelsea where he is seeing little playing time.

“You can see that it is not easy for him there If the opportunity is there I would be happy to have him here. Of course it isn’t my decision but he is a top player on a super level,” Raum told reporters.

“The way I got to know him at the national team Timo is a great person. But also on the pitch and everyone knows hwo often he scored at RB Leipzig and made the step to England.”

Werner came to Leipzig in 2016 from VfB Stuttgart and scored 93 goals for them in 158 games. He left for Chelsea in 2020 for around €53 million ($54.3 million).

Werner suggested recently he may want to leave Chelsea to get more playing time ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Sky TV said on Tuesday that talks between the clubs were “at full speed” and the Leipziger Volkszeitung daily reported that club boss Oliver Mintzlaff has been in contact with Werner for a while.

According to the reports Leipzig are pondering whether to get Werner back on loan or on a full transfer for which they would have to go over €30 million for the first time in club history.

Juventus and Newcastle United are reportedly also after the 26-year-old but fellow German manager Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to let him go, according to Sky.

Raum meanwhile also said that he aims to develop further at Leipzig where he has the chance to play Champions League football.

“Every player dreams of taking the next step. For me that means to gain experience in the Champions League and establish myself there,” Raum said.

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