Bayer Leverkusen respond to Marina Granovskaia as Chelsea open £70m Kai Havertz transfer talks
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has responded to speculation that Chelsea have opened discussions over a move for Kai Havertz.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward has established himself as one of the most coveted young players in Europe after an impressive season in the Bundesliga.
His form has attracted attention from top clubs across the continent, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all linked with a summer bid.
Chelsea have also been touted as potential destination, and the Blues have reportedly stepped up their interest by opening talks for the 20-year-old, according to The Mail.
Havertz has netted five goals for Leverkusen since the return of the German top flight, although he was left out of the squad for Tuesday’s 3-0 DFB Pokal win over Saarbruecken.
Speaking after the game, Leverkusen chief Voller says he expects plenty of interest in Havertz “if he plays like this now” – although he maintained the club were “in a good position” and still hoped to hang on to the Germany international.
“We haven’t given up hope that he’ll stay with us,” former Germany Voller told ARD, in quotes reported by Metro.
“We try to give him every possibility that he can call up his qualities.
“He did an outstanding job in the second half of the season.”
In an interview with Marca, Havertz dropped a hint on his future by highlighting his desire to win trophies above all else.
“The team is always the priority, success is collective,” he said.
“Then, the individual [trophies] come when you play well. I want to win the biggest trophies during in my career: Champions League, World Cup or Euros. I don’t think much about the individual [trophies].”