Timo Werner dreams of Europe's top clubs

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-14 19:44:01|Editor: Yurou
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BERLIN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- After his debut in the Champions League with RB Leipzig, Germany's current best striker is dreaming of Europe's top clubs.

"Every footballer dreams of playing for a top club," said 21-year old Timo Werner as his side drew 1-1 against last season's Champions League semi-finalists AS Monaco in the club's first ever game on the European stage.

After having made the next step to a higher level, Werner told German sports magazine Sport Bild that he has new aims. "A year ago, I dreamt of scoring lots of goals in the Bundesliga. Now I must say there are new objectives." he said.

Looking at the near future, he wants to win as many titles as possible. "I'd love to lift trophies. Best of all would be the German championship, the Champions League, the World Cup and the European Championship," Werner said and he did not feel it was impossible.

A year ago, Werner seemed to have hit rock bottom when leaving his home club VfB Stuttgart. "He was mentally done that time. He desperately needed a change," said his manager, the former German international Karl-Heinz Foerster. "His development is very pleasing."

The move to Leipzig has turned out to be the right decision. Werner has scored 25 goals in 36 games and is, at his young age, the first striking option for German national coach Joachim Loew.

Despite having a contract with Leipzig, Werner is considering joining a new club in the near future. "I feel well at Leipzig, but we are not crazy enough to say that we will win the Champions League in the next two years."

To win the Europe's biggest prize for club teams, he might have to join a bigger club. Werner mentioned the three Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in addition to the Premier League's Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

While Real Madrid is reported to have already scouted Werner, the German youngster is keeping his cool. "I've heard about it but I'm currently playing for Leipzig and want to score as many goals as possible. Of course I like it to hear that Real could be interested." When asked about the German giant Bayern Munich, Werner said he would not consider a move to Bavaria. Bayern is said to be interested in signing Werner.

In October, Werner and Leipzig will have to face Bayern in the second round of the German Cup in their home arena. "We can beat them on a good day but I still see us way behind Bayern. We're more on a level with Borussia Dortmund," Werner said.

He can understand his teammate's move to Liverpool next year. Leipzig striker Naby Keita has signed a contract with the English club but will remain in Germany for another year before moving for 70 million euro. "It's a lot of money," Werner admitted. "But it tells you as a player that your new club cares about you."

It is not his aim to score goals in the Champions League and be worth 100 million euro. "I'm not constantly trying to find out if my value has increased after an assist. I'm just enjoying what has happened in the past year. It's still a long way to go for me and I need to improve, but in three years, it could be time to join a really big club. That's what I am working for every day," Werner said.

Many coaches in Germany are convinced Werner will make it to football's top echelon due to his exceptional talent and speed. "He's one of the great options in German football," former Bayern and Dortmund coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said.

Werner's next goal is to survive the group in the Champions League. Monaco was the start of a new experience followed by FC Porto and Besiktas Istanbul. "We had a fairly good start against Monaco. After all it was our first ever game and against an experienced side."