Michael Ballack sends clear message to German international who wants to leave Chelsea

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Timo Werner has failed to impress since his £47.5m move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea two years ago.

Werner has scored 10 goals in 56 Premier League appearances and is keen on leaving Chelsea to secure more regular playing time ahead of the World Cup.

“I could be happy everywhere,” Werner said earlier this month.

“It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also to have a chance to play at the World Cup.”

According to reports, Werner is willing to take a 50 per cent salary cut to seal an exit from Chelsea.

Currently, a potential loan with an option to buy clause is being discussed.

Werner earns around ₤272,000 per week which is why he must take a pay cut to leave Chelsea.

Former Chelsea and Germany midfielder Ballack has told Werner to work on building his mental strength back up in order to improve his situation at Chelsea.

“Timo has been a lot better than what he is at the moment in terms of personality and character,” Ballack said at a media event in Munich.

“It was a brave step on his part to go to Chelsea, knowing what their setting is like – but he hasn’t managed to establish himself.

“It is important for him to take on board what is expected of him.

“He was close to becoming their undisputed first-choice striker, and with the German national team as well.

“But that is a position he has lost. He now needs to build up his mental strength once again.

“He strikes me as a nice guy, but he has to try to flip the switch so he can believe in himself once more.

“He has what it takes, but to my mind he lacks that ‘elbow mindset’.

“To my mind he is too well-behaved, and he resigns himself to his fate.

“If that does not change, he will continue to have a difficult time.”