Timo Werner has put an end to the growing doubts over his future by signing a new four-year contract with RB Leipzig.
Werner has risen to prominence in German football at Leipzig since completing a €14m transfer from VfB Stuttgart in 2016.
The 23-year-old forward has managed 62 goals and 28 assists in 116 appearances for Die Roten Bullen. Therefore, he’s played a big part in the club’s run to two top-four Bundesliga finishes in the last three seasons.
With his original contract expiring next summer, however, German press had tipped Werner for a move to Bayern Munich.
European champions Liverpool had also reportedly expressed an interest in the Germany international. Although it’s doubtful a move would’ve gone ahead considering the Reds’ prolific front three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
To the shock of everybody, though, Leipzig have defied the odds by securing Werner on a new long-term deal.
“I’m happy to have signed a new deal with RB Leipzig,” he told the club’s website.
“Of course, this process has been going on for a very long time, but I wanted to be completely sure that it was the right decision for me to take the next steps in my career with this club.
“And, for the right decisions, you just need a little longer. Now I can fully concentrate on playing with our team and on having as successful a season as possible.”
Sporting director Markus Krosche added: “We’re incredibly happy Timo has decided to extend his deal with us.
“It’s a very positive sign for us and it also emphasises our goal of trying to get our key players to stay long-term.”
Under new coach Julian Nagelsmann, Werner has scored twice in both of his first two Bundesliga appearances.