London (dpa) – German soccer international Antonio Rüdiger from Chelsea has praised Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz in the highest tones.
“I think it would be a reinforcement for every top club,” said Rüdiger of the German Press Agency. For weeks there has been speculation that the 21-year-old Havertz will move to London. “He is a great player, has great qualities,” said Rüdiger about his DFB teammate. “But what it looks like (with a change) – no idea.”
In Timo Werner, Chelsea has already signed a German offensive star for the new season. The 24-year-old former striker from RB Leipzig is not yet eligible to play in the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday, but has already trained with his new club this week. “I have the impression that he is happy,” said Rüdiger. “He already speaks good English. And he made a good start, also because there are a lot of young players here. Maybe that will make it a little more relaxed for him.”
The 27-year-old Rüdiger revealed that Werner had called him several times before moving to London. “We talked about it a lot. He asked a lot.” When asked whether Havertz had called him recently, the defense lawyer laughed and evaded. “Kai and I are talking about completely different things,” said Rüdiger. “Quite normal – as with many other colleagues from the DFB team.”
Leverkusen’s sports director Simon Rolfes said on Thursday that Bayer had not yet received an official request for Havertz. “But of course we know about the interests of clubs,” said Rolfes. Bayer demands at least 100 million for the coveted international.