Timo Werner’s unhappiness at Chelsea baffles Thomas Tuchel, who pushed the forward to “show quality” in order to earn a regular starting spot.
Werner’s two years with the Blues after his high-profile transfer from RB Leipzig two years ago have been difficult.
With only 10 Premier League goals in two seasons for the London club, the Germany international has been unable to secure a spot in the starting lineup.
Werner was on target in a 2-1 friendly win over Club America last weekend and suggested after that friendly that he could leave Stamford Bridge, as he needs regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
The 26-year-old missed out due to a hamstring injury as Chelsea were beaten 5-3 on penalties by Charlotte FC on Wednesday after the two sides had been level at 1-1.
Blues boss Tuchel raised eyebrows over his compatriot Werner’s comments following the midweek defeat.
He said: “I’m surprised, I would be very happy as a young guy having a contract at Chelsea Football Club. I would be one of the happiest people on the planet.”
Asked how Werner can go about forcing his way into the team, Tuchel replied: “Show quality, take your place and defend your place.
“I would be one of the happiest people on the planet having a contract with Chelsea. If he said this, I do not understand.”
Tuchel has no intention of allowing Werner to move on.
When asked if he will be a Chelsea player in the upcoming season, Tuchel said: “Sure, he is our player, sure.”
Tuchel revealed that Cesar Azpilicueta, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ross Barkley were unavailable to face Charlotte due to injury.