Timo Werner insists he needs to look at the “bigger picture” before making a decision on his Chelsea future amid links with Newcastle United.
The Magpies have been in ‘contact’ with the German’s representatives as they look to make a statement signing following their £300million takeover that was completed last week, according to BILD.
Werner has been on the fringes of Thomas Tuchel’s side, until recently, following the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku after he suffered a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge.
The striker has been tipped to seal an exit from the Blues in January with Newcastle the latest club to enter the frame.
Werner insists he has been disappointed by his lack of playing time this season, but won’t make a hasty decision in regards to his future.
Speaking to Express.de, via BuliNews, recently, he said: “The last weeks at Chelsea have been difficult for me. I fell behind and had to fight my way back.
“In a career, things always go up and down, never steadily up. But you learn to deal with it.
“I have to force my way back in, and that’s what challenges me. Of course I want more playing time, so I’m giving everything in training.
“Of course I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course I want to be a regular starter for a big team. But I’m not saying I’m desperate to leave if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas.
“In football, things change relatively quickly. I have to look at the big picture to make my decision.”
Tuchel has started Werner alongside Lukaku in back-to-back Premier League games as the 25-year-old got on the scoresheet against Southampton last time out.
He kept on the goal trail during the international break too as he netted a brace against North Macedonia in Germany’s World Cup qualifier.
And Tuchel insists the two Chelsea strikers can form a “dangerous” partnership and that Werner is still a part of his plans.
The Chelsea boss said towards the end of last month: “Timo can play with Romelu, he did very well at Tottenham (when he came off the bench).
“That gave us a clear impression of how dangerous these two can also be together. There was some disappointment to brush off his shoulders from the Euros during the summer.
“And from the first games I think he was not happy with the performances in the beginning. We know that he can be much more dangerous and much more of an attacking threat than he was.
“But in the last training sessions he’s been more relaxed, more fluid in his movements, and showing more confidence.
“And that’s why we put him on early against Tottenham, because we saw this development and there are clear signs that he is on a good way. And I hope he can show and prove it tomorrow.”