Timo Werner has admitted that he had second thoughts about joining Chelsea after their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich.
The German striker snubbed a host of top European clubs to seal a £48million move from RB Leipzig to the Blues in June.
Bundesliga champions Bayern and Chelsea’s rivals Liverpool were both heavily linked with the 24-year-old before Frank Lampard sold him on a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Yet the forward has admitted Lamps’ effort was nearly in vain after witnessing the Blues’ humbling Champions League exit.
He told Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk: “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t like that.
“The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn’t exactly spoken in favour of going to London.
“I have to say that openly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern.”