New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has admitted that his love for head coach Frank Lampard played a key part in convincing him to seal a move to Stamford Bridge.
After months of speculation, Chelsea finally announced the Germany international’s arrival on Friday evening, with him joining the Blues from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for an initial fee of £72million.
The Germany ace will add strength and attacking flair to the Blues’ midfield, as well as up front, with the 21-year-old capable of playing as a striker if needed.
Havertz has become Chelsea’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window, following in the footsteps of Hakim Ziyech, fellow countryman Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva, who have all sealed moves to Stamford Bridge during the last few months.
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For Havertz, though, it was the prospect of getting to play under Lampard that was the biggest driving force in making his decision.
The Germany international has admitted that he would often watch him when he was playing and that he is looking forward to learning from him.
“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 as a manager as well,” Havertz said in an interview with Chelsea’s club website.
“I think he is a very humble person and a very great guy.
“I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.”
On signing for the Blues, the midfielder added: “I am very happy and proud to be here. For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers.
“Yeah, I am very happy to be here.”