Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he ‘doesn’t understand’ Timo Werner’s comments that hinted at a potential move away from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues striker recently said that he ‘could be happy everywhere’, amid talks that he could be set for a transfer this summer.
He added that it was ‘clear’ that he wants to play more, having started just 15 league games last season, ahead of the World Cup later this year.
“First of all, the most important thing is that I am happy. I am happy when I play and score goals,” Werner stated.
“That’s the fact. That’s what I should take care of and the other things will come. I could be happy everywhere.
“I think of course the manager always has different ideas, different thoughts and what you need in different games, I think in many games I was not in his thoughts so I try to change that.
“It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also, to have a chance to play at the World Cup.
“I think it doesn’t change anything whether it is a winter world cup or in the summer. I think if I play half or the season or the whole season, I should play.”
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But Tuchel said he was ‘surprised’ to hear of Werner’s comments.
He believes the German international should be ‘one of the happiest people on the planet’ because he is playing for Chelsea on huge wages.
“I’m surprised, I would be very happy as a young guy having a contract at Chelsea football club. I would be one of the happiest people on the planet,” the Blues boss said.
“He needs to get his game time. He has to show quality, take your place and defend your place.
“I would be one of the happiest people on the planet having a contract with Chelsea. If he said this, I do not understand.”
The striker had reportedly been discussed as part of a deal for Juventus’s Matthijs de Light, who eventually signed for Bayern Munich, but his boss says he is still part of his plans for the upcoming season.
“Sure, he is our player, sure,” Tuchel added.