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‘Read a book!’ – Tuchel dismisses Timo Werner Chelsea transfer talk

Tuchel was charged with the responsibility of reviving the fortunes of £45million Werner after being appointed Frank Lampard’s successor in January. 

While there have been improvements in the Germany international’s performances, he continues to struggle in front of goal – scoring just twice in his last 26 appearances. 

But Tuchel swept away talk of the former RB Leipzig star’s future, saying: “Stop reading (speculation). Read a book.

“There is simply no time to reflect on what is going to be in summer or next year.

“I think he has no reason now to be frustrated because he had an amazing match against Liverpool, maybe his best match since I arrived. Then he had a good match against Everton, with a lot of chances to score, which he normally is clinical enough and strong enough. 

“He did not score. Okay, this sticks in a situation like this. This can affect his self-confidence, of course, but what does it help?”

Toni Rudiger has offered words of comfort to his countryman, insisting he can’t allow his goal drought to drive him “crazy.”

“Of course we have conversations, but it’s like more conversations to keep him going, to help him and to assist him. It’s normal, it’s his first year away from Germany and things are not going maybe the way he wants because he’s a goal-scorer and he wants to score goals and things are not coming in his way at the moment. 

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“But for me, it’s important to just always let him know that someone is there for him to help him, to assist him. I’m very, very sure going to this game tomorrow, sometimes small moments like this, especially in a game like that, can turnover everything for a striker and give him a real boost. 


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