‘I loved him as a player… he was very offensive like me’: Kai Havertz reveals Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had a ‘big impact’ in his decision to join the Blues after German completes club-record £89m move from Bayer Leverkusen
- Kai Havertz has completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea
- The 21-year-old could cost the Stamford Bridge side £89m, including add-ons
- The German said the chance to work with Frank Lampard had a ‘huge impact’
- Havertz has signed a five-year deal following his move to the Premier League
Chelsea’s new record signing Kai Havertz says the opportunity to work with Frank Lampard had a ‘big impact’ in his decision to move to Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old finally completed a sensational £89m move to the Blues on Friday, in a fee which includes add-ons, after months of speculation about a transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.
Havertz becomes the club’s sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window, taking their total spending to an enormous £230m, and the man himself spoke glowingly about his new manager – both as a player and as a coach.
Kai Havertz has revealed how Frank Lampard’s presence made an impact in his decision
Havertz has completed his club-record £89million move to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen
‘Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often, and I think I can learn from him now he is a manager as well,’ Havertz told the official club website.
‘I think he is a very humble person and a great guy and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.
‘He was very offensive like me and he loves to score goals, and I love to score goals as well so I think he will help me a lot in my position. Also maybe on the things that I can improve and I can’t wait to work with him.’
The 21-year-old German has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge to work with Lampard
Havertz’s move makes the 21-year-old the joint most expensive player ever signed by a British club, along with Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United in 2016.
The Premier League transfer record is £145m, which Liverpool received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.
Havertz, who is in the current squad with the German national team, will also join up with compatriots Antonio Rudiger and fellow summer signing Timo Werner in west London.
The German international becomes the sixth major signing at Stamford Bridge this summer
Fellow German Timo Werner is one of the big names already through the door in west London
‘I think it is very exciting because Chelsea has very young players and I know some of the players like Timo [Werner] and Toni [Rudiger],’ Havertz added.
‘I have played with them in the national team and they are good friends of mine and so I think this is very good for me.
‘Also that Chelsea have very young players and English players and that is very nice and a big project. Hopefully we can have many successes.’