RB Leipzig have re-signed Chelsea forward Timo Werner on a permanent deal, two years after he left the club for the English Premier League.
The deal — a permanent move for the 26-year-old — is reportedly worth in the region of €30 million, although various performance-related add-ons could be included.
Werner, who has signed a four-year contract, said told the Bundesliga club:
I’m very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig again. I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we performed brilliantly as newcomers in the league.
It was a dignified departure for me to leave the club as record goalscorer, but that’s in the past now and I’m looking ahead, because both I and the club have developed in the past two years.
I had two great years at Chelsea that I’m really grateful for and were crowned with the Champions League trophy.
The experience to play abroad in a new league really helped me and my career. Now I’m looking forward to the new season with RB Leipzig and above all to meeting the Leipzig fans again, who mean a great deal to me. We want to achieve a lot and of course, I want to become the first Leipzig player to reach the 100-goal mark.
He’s back! 💪 pic.twitter.com/aRIhgSK8OV
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) August 9, 2022
Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell added:
Timo Werner’s signing is a special transfer for us. We had a lot of great years together in Leipzig that saw Timo become the club’s record goalscorer and a Germany international. His return means a lot to the supporters because Timo was a real fan favourite and figure of identification for a lot of people.
The transfer made a lot of sense to us, both because of Timo’s quality and the financial aspects of the deal. Now we want to build on the success that we started together and achieve our goals with Timo’s help.
Not only does that mean qualification to the Champions League, but we also want to get as far as possible in the cup competitions.
Confirming the news on their website, Chelsea said:
Timo Werner has completed a permanent transfer to RB Leipzig, returning to Germany after two seasons with Chelsea.
Werner scored 23 goals in 89 games in all competitions for Chelsea, winning the Champions League in 2021.