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Timo Werner, a reported target for Real Madrid, sets sights on move to 'big club'

Germany striker has excelled for RB Leipzig and his national team, and will make his Uefa Champions League debut on Wednesday night. 

Timo Werner and his club RB Leipzig are set to make their Uefa Champions League debuts against Monaco on Wednesday. Michael Sohn / AP Photo
Timo Werner and his club RB Leipzig are set to make their Uefa Champions League debuts against Monaco on Wednesday. Michael Sohn / AP Photo

Timo Werner has said he wants to join a "big club" amid reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Uefa Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at RB Leipzig's Red Bull Arena against last season's semi-finalists Monaco.

The 21-year-old forward, who has a contract until 2020, is in a rich vein of form, scoring six goals in his last four games for club and country.

 

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Werner forced his way into the plans of Germany manager Joachim Low for next year's World Cup by helping his country win July's Confederations Cup final in Russia. He has now earned a place in Low's first-choice team.

However, he has told magazine Sport Bild that he eventually wants to move on from Leipzig, and Spanish newspapers Marca and AS have already reported Madrid's interest in the striker.

"Until now, everything has gone well with Leipzig, therefore I don't think about what could happen in one, two or three years, but of course I what to play for a big club at some point," he said.

Werner scored 21 goals in 31 league games last season to help Leipzig finish second in Germany's top flight to Bayern Munich.

"FC Bayern are also a big club, but that's not a topic I will busy myself with," he said.

"In Spain, in Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid three clubs tops," added Werner, who puts English Premier League clubs "Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City" in the same bracket.

 

RB Leipzig's head of football Oliver Mintzlaff says he hopes Werner can take the "next step" in his career with the east German club.

The striker does not rule out staying, providing Leipzig keep challenging for titles.

"Perhaps, RB will also become a big club, I am quite sure of that," Werner said.

However he was vague about possible extension negotiations.

"If I don't extend, that doesn't mean I'll leave next summer, but on the other hand, it doesn't often mean that one stays if you have a five-year contract," he said.