Timo Werner has re-joined RB Leipzig from Chelsea on a permanent deal. The striker joined the Blues in 2020 after they activated his £45 million ($54m) release clause but he failed to live up to expectations in west London.
Werner managed to score just 23 times in 89 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, but will hope to rediscover his best form at Red Bull Arena.
Werner, who with 95 goals in 159 games for Leipzig is the club’s record scorer, makes the move with a view to earning a place in Hansi Flick’s Germany squad for the 2022 World Cup.
RB Leipzig will pay Chelsea a reported transfer fee of €30m (£25m/$31m) including bonuses as the Blues have accepted a loss on their initial investment.
Werner has signed a four-year contract at Leipzig which will keep him with the DFB-Pokal holders until 2026.
Werner, who will wear No.11 for Leipzig, told the club’s website: “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 goal scorer, 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.