Chelsea’s new signing Kai Havertz says the opportunity to work with boss Frank Lampard had a “big impact” in his decision to move to Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder finally completed a sensational £89million move to the Stamford Bridge on Friday, in a fee which includes add-ons, after months of speculation about a transfer from Bundesliga side Leverkusen.
He has becomes the Blues’ sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window, taking their total spending to an enormous £230million, and the man himself spoke glowingly about his new boss – both as a player and as a coach.
‘Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched his display on the field back in the days very often, and I think I can learn from him now that he is a manager. And not just a manager but a great one with one of the most recogn club in the world. 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.’
Havertz, 21, who is in the current squad with the German national team, will also join up with compatriots Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger 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.