Kai Havertz has hailed the impact of Frank Lampard in helping him make the decision to join Chelsea.
After weeks of speculation, the Germany international has finally signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £72million plus add-ons.
The 21-year-old becomes Lampard’s sixth signing this summer, with the likes of Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell already completing transfers.
Havertz is one of Europe’s most highly rated young prospects and was being linked with several other top clubs this summer.
But in the end the attacking midfielder opted to join Lampard at Stamford Bridge, and he says the Blues boss helped him to influence his decision.
Kai Havertz says Frank Lampard helped him influence his decision
Havertz plays a similar style of football to that of his new manager, loving to make driving runs from the midfield and getting on the end of chances.
And the Chelsea new boy said Lampard played a big part in influencing his decision to sign for the club.
“Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often,” said Havertz after he was confirmed as a Chelsea player.
Chelsea have finally signed Kai Havertz
“And I think I can learn from him as a manager as well.
“I think he’s a very humble person, a very great guy, and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.
“He was very offensive like me, he loves to score goals, I love to score goals.
“He will help me a lot in my position and also maybe on the things that I can improve. I can’t wait to work with him.
“It’s very exciting because Chelsea have very young players and also some of the players I’ve played with for the national team, so they are good friends of mine … hopefully we can have much success.”
Havertz bagged 18 goals in 45 games last season for Leverkusen, which saw his stock rise even further in Germany…