Antonio Rudiger has compared new Chelsea signing Timo Werner to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
Rudiger has tipped Germany team-mate Werner to bring the wow-factor to Stamford Bridge when he completes his move from RB Leipzig next month, subject to passing a medical.
Chelsea pulled off a major coup by landing free-scoring Werner for £53million, with the 24-year-old set to add extra firepower to boss Frank Lampard’s new-look Blues.
Influential Chelsea centre-back Rudiger forged a close bond with Werner at Stuttgart, and admitted using those links to full effect to help seal his friend’s west London switch.
“Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s website.
“I’ve known him since he was 17 and he did very good in the past few years. He can be very important for us. I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time.
“We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do.”
On Werner’s personality, Rudiger added: “I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better. I hope he adapts very quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.”
Rudiger continued: “His [Werner’s] development was just ‘wow’. In his first season everything was new for him in men’s football but then he started scoring more goals and of course with that comes confidence.
“He had very good coaches who believed in him and worked with him.
“He’s a really big threat to defenders. RB Leipzig is a more counter-attacking team but in terms of attacking the defensive line, he’s similar to Vardy.
“He has a lot of pace and if the defender makes a mistake and loses the ball, then he goes!”
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