Reports were coming for a long time and finally, one of the most prolific transfers of this Summer Transfer window has been finalised, as Kai Havertz joins Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen on an €80M deal. Chelsea was trying to complete the move for a long time and announced the deal finally today. The club has announced on their official website as well as on social media.
Kai Havertz joins Chelsea: Contract details
Chelsea will pay initial 80 Million Euros to Bayer Leverkusen and 20 Million Euros as extra add-ons as Kai Havertz joins Chelsea. Kai Havertz will sign a contract to stay at the club till June 2025. Kai was desperate to play Champions League football next season and was pushing for a move, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Kai Havertz: Career at a glance
Kai Havertz joined Alemannia Mariadorf academy at the age of just 4. He joined another local club Alemannia Aachen Youth Academy from Mariadorf on 2009. Havertz joined Bayer Leverkusen academy in 2010 at the age of 11. Havertz made himself there with skills, ability and various attributes. Havertz joined the under-17 team at season 2014/15. Havertz amazed many people associated with Leverkusen with his ability and attributes at the academy. Finally just after 2 seasons, Havertz got the chance to play in the senior team at season 2016/17. He played 24 matches for Bayer Leverkusen at Bundesliga that season, he also scored 4 goals and provided 6 assists which was absolutely surprising for a debutant youngster.
Bayer Leverkusen manager at that moment Roger Schmidt also admitted that Bayer Leverkusen has got a jewel and a player for future of the club.
“We saw him in training. We tried to give him a bit of playing time in the last games to see how he reacts playing in a full stadium.He’s an excellent footballer with outstanding technique, fast, robust in challenges, a good header of the ball and, yeah, he’s a player that does us really well.”Roger Schmidt, Former Bayer Leverkusen manager
What can Havertz bring in to the Chelsea midfield
Havertz has improved his playing capability every season. He is a versatile player who can mainly play as a Central Attacking Midfielder(No.10) this season. He also played as a Right-Winger, Left-Winger, and also as a Striker. He played 45 games for Leverkusen this season, scored 18 goals, and provided 9 assists. His passing ability, finishing, decision-making are tremendous. His abilities and attributes have attracted the Chelsea manager Frank Lampard as he thinks Havertz can add more creativity to his team. Lampard’s efforts finally paved the way for Leverkusen and Chelsea to agree on a deal as Kai Havertz joins Chelsea this season. Havertz has provided 85% accurate passes this season and also has 79% Long ball distribution accuracy.
Bayer Leverkusen president Rudi Völler claimed that Kai Havertz is the best footballer in Leverkusen’s history and he has seen no one like him also he told that the club will not let him go so easily.
“For me, he’s the best I’ve seen at Leverkusen, and I’ve been here for a lifetime. We had Emerson, [Michael] Ballack, Ze Roberto, [Toni] Kroos, but he’s on top. He is very young, he can play five or six roles, he has been here for 10 years. When he was 17, I asked the first-team coach to let him train with the greats during the national team break. After three days Roger Schmidt never made him return to the youth team. He has talent with the ball at his feet, he is a mix between Ballack and [Mesut] Ozil, but he takes the best bits from both of them. We know of the interest of a couple of clubs, especially Chelsea, but for us, the situation is quite simple; he has a two-year contract, if anyone wants him on our terms, fine, otherwise he stays here another year and we are happy. It won’t be easy, but for an artist like him, there is no COVID discount.”Rudi Völler, Bayer Leverkusen President
Chelsea have finished 4th this season in Premier League and secured Champions League football next season. But Leverkusen failed to get the Champions League football which actually made the deal quite easy for Chelsea to conclude. Chelsea fans can expect that their attacking line-up will thrash opponents in the upcoming season as they have already signed quality players like Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech before and also they have talented players like Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount among the ranks.
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