Timo Werner has revealed he idolised Frank Lampard and three other Chelsea legends growing up.
Germany striker Werner joined Chelsea in July after the Premier League club met his buy-out clause.
Werner, who scored 95 goals in 159 appearances for RB Leipzig, says it was a ‘dream come true’ to sign for Chelsea as he idolised a number of the club’s former players.
The 24-year-old named current Blues boss Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole as players he admired growing up.
‘The Premier League has become bigger and bigger and now it is the best league in the whole world,’ Werner said in an interview with Three.
‘For me it is a little bit of a dream come true to come and play now in the biggest league in the whole world.
‘Of course as a child you don’t see much of the Premier League clubs but you see the teams at the Champions League.
‘You see the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. These were the clubs that in youth were winning a lot.
‘You see maybe young Ronaldo, or here at Chelsea Didier Drogba and also Frank Lampard the manager. They have a lot of legends in the club here.
‘When you come into the club they are working for the club and when you see them as a child, like 10, and then you see, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, you say wow it’s crazy I am here with them now.
‘It’s a lot of fun.’
Despite joining Chelsea over the summer, Werner has not yet experienced a Stamford Bridge with any fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The striker added: ‘It’s been a little bit difficult without fans because I think in the Premier League the fans are an important role, especially here, of the whole game.
‘It’s different because in Germany they always sing and always have fun. But here the feuds are a lot of in the game.
‘They watch it and they love it when you tackle, create a chance or score.. that feeling is special.
‘I felt it with Leipzig when we played Tottenham. It was crazy the feeling you had. It was a different feeling to the Bundesliga.
‘I am looking forward to having the fans back here.’