Thomas Tuchel maintains Timo Werner remains a central part of his plans, amid speculation that Bayern Munich are eyeing the Chelsea forward with a view to signing him next summer.
The former RB Leipzig forward endured a difficult debut campaign, despite it culminating in an unlikely Champions League triumph.
Werner managed just six Premier League goals last season and his role in the side is certain to change following Tuchel’s decision to sanction the club record signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Despite the Belgium international immediately taking the position Werner occupied last season, the Chelsea manager insists his compatriot still has a vital role to play at Stamford Bridge.
‘I am sure that we will find games and solutions where we play with both of them (Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku),’ said Tuchel.
‘We did already and Timo and Romelu can be a good fit together. Timo loves to play around a reference up front and Romelu is clearly our reference up front being a tall and physical player.
‘The most important is he finds his rhythm and confidence and joy and makes his point and makes his way into the team.
‘The players are in charge to take their positions and fight for their positions and once they have it to not give it away.
‘We are very happy that he scored and played (for Germany in the international break) and on we go.
‘We have not too many players but we have players with high quality and high ambition and Timo is clearly a guy that we count on and that is absolutely necessary we have him on high level.’