MANCHESTER UNITED have brought the father of Timo Werner’s girlfriend to the club as they reportedly plot a move to sign the Chelsea striker.
The Red Devils have hired former RB Leipzig sports psychologist Sascha Lense with the German reuniting with Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.
Chelsea striker has been dating Paula Lense for the last four years after meeting during his time at RB Leipzig[/caption]
Man Utd have hired sports psychologist Sascha Lense – dad of Werner’s partner Paula[/caption]
Werner, 25, has been dating Lense’s daughter Paula since 2017 after meeting during his spell at Leipzig.
The couple were introduced by Lense and have been an item for the last four years, with Paula moving to England after Werner joined the Blues last year.
And according to recent reports, the ex-Schalke and Dynamo Dresden psychologist could have a say in helping convince United to bring the forward to the Theatre of Dreams.
German news outlet Bild claims that Werner – along with Erland Haaland – is on Rangnick’s radar as he looks to add firepower to United.
Rangnick – like Lense – worked with Werner at Leipzig and he could utilise his friendship with the player in an attempt to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.
Werner thrived under the tutelage of Rangnick, and his aggressive high-energy press could be exactly what the 63-year-old is looking for.
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The former Stuttgart star is said to have favoured a switch to United over Chelsea, though the deal failed to materialise.
And Lense’s move to Manchester could persuade Werner in departing with the duo boasting a strong relationship.
Werner turned to Lense to help his mental wellbeing following nationwide abuse he received after diving against Schalke in December 2017.
Speaking last year, he admitted: “That and what was made of it wasn’t nice. But that also helped in my development, so I wouldn’t go back and change it.
“I’ve grown up and become a grown man. I know what I want and I say it, too.”
Werner has also spoken of the positive impact sports psychologists have had on his career after declaring he suffered from obsessive behaviour.
Recalling his time at Stuttgart, he remarked: “Philipp Laux helped me a lot. The good thing was it wasn’t something he forced on me.
“He let me work out for myself how I would get back my feeling of fun. He asked me, for example, how I see myself, what thoughts I have before a game.
“He chose this image: ‘On one hand there’s the angel who says ‘no superstition’. On the other hand there’s the devil who says to me ‘you must do this and that for it to go well again’.
“Thoughts of superstition can come. But I know they’re nonsense. In my time at Stuttgart there was a lot of failure at times, so I clutched at every straw. “
Before adding: “I’m not as superstitious anymore. I think that with success such things start to lose importance.
“At Leipzig I noticed that performances are not influenced by what restaurant you’ve eaten in.
“I think that footballers are particularly susceptible to superstitions. When you’re on a good run, you hold onto habits and events a lot. Even coaches get affected by it.”
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