Chelsea striker Timo Werner said Manchester United-bound Ralf Rangnick helped him focus on his game and block out any outside noise during a difficult period in his career.
Werner spent time under Rangnick when the pair were at German club RB Leipzig, Werner a highly sought-after striker and Rangnick a sporting director before becoming manager.
During their time spent together, Werner grabbed 19 goals across the season and later moved to Chelsea in 2020.
With the German coach set to join United on an interim basis, Werner said in October last year that the 63-year-old played a major role in him blocking out the taunts received from opposition players.
“Both [Ralph Hasenhuttl and Rangnick] gave me the feeling I was not alone in this situation. It allowed me to concentrate on my game and not worry about other things,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
Albeit a small confession, the German striker clearly has fond memories of Rangnick and will no doubt be looking forward to catching up with his old boss.
Rangnick has a strong reputation in the modern game and his style has influenced the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, managers at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
He was also a key figure in the rise of Leipzig through the German lower divisions to the Champions League in the role of sporting director for the club and its Red Bull sister outfit Salzburg.
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He left Red Bull last year and took up his position at Russian side Lokomotiv this summer.
He has been linked with Premier League clubs in the recent past, including Everton and Newcastle.
United will hope Rangnick can steady the ship at Old Trafford before making a long-term appointment. Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, currently in charge at Paris St Germain, is one of the favourites for the post.