Michael Ballack has told German newspaper SportBild that he believes Bayer Leverkusen Kai Havertz would be best served to remain where he is, ignoring a reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and other Premier League sides.
Havertz, 20, has enjoyed another excellent season in which he has captained Leverkusen on numerous occasions and had a hand in 18 goals during his 34 outings – scoring 10 times and creating eight more.
According to the Express, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is desperate to sign the player Havertz and has made the wonderkid a priority. Goal, meanwhile, say Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City are all keeping tabs on Havertz.
Ballack told SportBild – who claim Havertz will only be sold for a whopping £90million – that the Germany cap is better off remaining where he is and developing, but admits Havertz will need Leverkusen to qualify for the Champions League.
“Players with his quality are in demand everywhere,” Ballack said. “But I think he’s in good hands in Leverkusen. The conditions there are perfect for top, young players and development.
“Bayer plays attractive football. Leverkusen also offers an environment where you can make mistakes without criticism. You should appreciate that. Of course, it would be important for Leverkusen to qualify for the Champions League.”
TBR’s view – When will Havertz choose to leave Leverkusen?
Despite already clocking up well over 100 senior appearances for Bayer, it is clear that Havertz is still in the developmental phase. Showing more than just glimpses of enormous quality, he still needs to produce consistency.
Remaining at Bayer is key to that. Indeed, interested parties are unlikely to be able to splash an enormous £80million on the player and that is likely to see him stay. One more season at Leverkusen and then a transfer is his best move.
Havertz returns to action on Monday night with Bayer, who travel to Werder Bremen.