Rangers’ Kai Havertz transfer hopes extinguished as Bayer Leverkusen take emphatic stance

Rudi Voller has confirmed Bayer Leverkusen have no intention of selling their in-demand, £70m rated star Kai Havertz before they face Rangers.

The Ibrox club face a tough last 16 second leg in Germany at the start of August but the news will mean their task is even more difficult.

Leverkusen fancy their chances of going all the way in the Europa League and hold a 3-1 first leg lead against Rangers, with the remainder of the ties being played in their region and the Final in neighbouring city of Cologne.

Havertz is regarded as the brightest young talent in Europe and Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been named as the most likely destination for the 21-year-old, who still has two years left of his deal.

But Leverkusen’s sporting director – former Germany manager and World Cup winner Voller – has revealed they have no intention of cashing in on Havertz, who this season became the youngest ever player to make 100 Bundesliga appearances – before they play Steven Gerrard ‘s side in August.

He said: “It goes without saying for me that Kai will be at this club for however long we are in the Europa League.

“All of our players want that too. It wouldn’t make any sense to sell him before the conclusion of the competition.”

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