RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann insists he would encourage his star striker Timo Werner to move on if he felt he was outgrowing the club.
Many European giants have their eye on the German forward, who has been in irresistible form in front of goal in the last few seasons – this year he has 15 goals in 16 games in all competitions.
The 23-year-old has been with Leipzig for three years, helping them to regular Champions League qualification with 76 strikes in 130 games since his 2016 transfer from Stuttgart.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann would not stand in Timo Werner’s way if he earned a big move
He has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, who are lacking in the forwards department.
And Nagelsmann has admitted he would urge Werner to ‘take off his wedding ring’ and seal a big move if he thought the time was right for him.
‘I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else,’ he told Bild.
‘I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.’
The German striker cannot stop scoring this season and has 15 goals in just 16 appearances
Nagelsmann does not want to limit the progression of his promising players at Leipzig
TIMO WERNER THE GOAL MACHINE
Total: 15 goals
Nagelsmann, a coach who also has a number of admirers across Europe, was full of superlatives for his player and said he had upped his level to become less predictable for defenders.
‘He’s improved his combination play,’ the 32-year-old said.
‘He’s often parked on the left-wing and can create moments of change. Now he moves between spaces and is harder to figure out.’
Werner signed a new deal at Leipzig in the summer, but its believed the new terms included a £25million release clause, allowing Bayern Munich to snatch him up on a cut-price deal.
Liverpool will offer still competition, however, as it has been reported they are looking for more firepower.
Werner could soon make a big move with Bayern Munich believed to be keen on the striker
When starting out at Stuttgart, Werner struggled to find rhythm and was nowhere near as prolific as is now at Leipzig, with just 14 goals across three seasons there.
Now flourishing at Leipzig, he has netted 11 goals in 11 Bundesliga games, lifting the team to second in the table, trailing this season’s surprise leader Monchengladbach by four points.
They are on course to repeat their impressive 2016/17 campaign, when they finished as runners up to Bayern Munich after running the German giants extremely close.