Germany legend Michael Ballack has told Sport1 that Kai Havertz needs to remain at Bayer Leverkusen to further his development, despite being linked with a £111million move to Manchester United and Liverpool.
In December, German newspaper Bild claimed that the two Premier League sides were going head to head for 20-year-old Havertz – who continues to take the Bundesliga by storm, and has already earned seven caps for Germany.
Bild claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United had held talks over a move for Havertz, while Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also interested in the versatile attacker.
Able to play out wide or in the 10 role, Havertz has now played 129 times already for Leverkusen – scoring 33 and creating 24. But ex-Leverkusen and Chelsea icon Ballack believes the attacker needs to stay put, in order to develop further.
“He is an exceptional player, but one thing is also clear – Havertz still needs time,” Ballack said. “He also needs the robustness to be mentally prepared for Bayern [or any other big sides]. I also needed my time in Leverkusen back then.
“Havertz must now look closely at his development. He is a top player.”
TBR’s view – Surely Havertz is ready for Premier League switch?
If Havertz had only broken into the team this season, and had a handful of games under his belt – then Ballack’s comments would be understandable. But given that Havertz now has a huge 129 appearances to his name, he is ready.
Between now and the summer, that figure is likely to reach at least 140 outings – and that is more than enough evidence to suggest to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United that Havertz is done developing. He should move in the summer.