Timo Werner is ready to end speculation over his future by committing himself to RB Leipzig.
The Germany international admitted he flirted with an exit earlier in the summer amid interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United, but has now ultimately come to the decision to remain at Leipzig.
‘At the end of last season, I briefly thought: What does the future hold? But I’ve completely shut off these thoughts,’ he told Kicker.
‘I’m fully focused on playing football, and I’m striving to have the greatest possible success with RB and hopefully return to the Champions League.’
The 22-year-old’s decision to stay was largely influenced by Leipzig’s move to hire Julian Nagelsmann, who will take over the reins in at the end of this season.
Nagelsmann quickly earned himself a reputation as one of the best young coaches in the world after leading Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the time last term.
And Werner is looking forward to working and developing under the 30-year-old’s guidance.
‘Julian Nagelsmann is one of the best coaches in Germany. To get such a coach is also a statement to the league,’ he added.
‘Many others wanted him too. For me, that has played an important role in my considerations.
‘It would be appealing to work with him for a few more years.’