Kai Havertz has explained where he sees his best position on the pitch, amid speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea.
The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder has attracted interest from a host of top clubs thanks to his performances in the Bundesliga this season, but it is Chelsea who have reportedly made the first move.
According to The Mail, the Blues have stepped up their interest by opening talks for the £89million-rated star.
And if Chelsea are successful in their efforts to sign the youngster, Blues boss Frank Lampard has already been told how he could get the best from the German.
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“I would say the No.8 position, inside right,” Havertz said in an interview with Marca in November.
“I’m not a classic No.10, but I like to have the ball at my feet, simply enjoying myself on the pitch.
“I’ve played in many other positions, but I prefer to play in the centre, where I have more of the ball. My dream will always be to wear the No.10 one day at my club.
“There are many players that inspired me like Kaka, Zidane, Ronaldinho… They’ve always been my idols. Between the Spanish players, my favourite is Andres Iniesta. He’s outstanding on the ball. Unique. I like him the most.
“Toni Kroos is a great player, I model myself on him a lot. His journey has been great. I have a lot of respect for him. His passing ability and his combination play is on another level.
“In [Germany] training, every pass from him is perfect. It doesn’t matter how they give it to him.”
He also outlined how his role has developed at Bayer Leverkusen having become their talisman in recent years.
He added: “I’m at a point where I don’t care if I give an assist, score a goal or make a key pass.
“Right now, I have a role at Bayer to try to make the final…