Kai Havertz delivers coy response to transfer rumours amid Liverpool links

Kai Havertz refused to comment on speculation linking him with a transfer this summer following another two-goal performance from the forward on Saturday.

The Bayer Leverkusen star bagged a brace as his side overcame Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in their Bundesliga fixture.

It took just seven minutes for Havertz to break the deadlock, racing on to a through ball before finishing past the onrushing goalkeeper.

After the hosts had levelled in the second half, Havertz put Leverkusen back in front from the penalty spot, before teammate Sven Bender wrapped up the points late on.

Quizzed on his future following the match, Havertz told Sky: "I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation.

"I'm concentrating on this season and will see what happens afterwards.

"I am very grateful to Leverkusen and I don't want to mess it up in any way."

Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing the 20-year-old, and are believed to be the front-runners for his signature.

Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all also said to be keeping tabs on Havertz's situation, with Leverkusen looking increasingly likely to lose their star player.

Leverkusen's manager Peter Bosz admitted back in March that it would be difficult to keep hold of Havertz beyond the end of this season, but that was prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

The German club have slapped a £90million asking price on Havertz, which could ward off potential suitors given the current economic crisis.

However Havertz is doing a good a good job of keeping Europe's big clubs interested with his impressive form.

Going into the enforced break Havertz had notched five goals in eight games, and has since bagged four in his last two since the Bundesliga's return.

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Kai Havertz urged to snub Liverpool by ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack

Liverpool target Kai Havertz has been urged to remain at Bayer Leverkusen by former German international Michael Ballack.

The 20-year-old is attracting interest from around Europe with his profile continuing to rise.

He broke in the Leverkusen first-team as a teenager and is on Liverpool's radar.

But Ballack has cited the "perfect conditions" at the BayArena as a reason to resist a move elsewhere, but has placed huge importance on his former club qualifying for the Champions League.

"Players with his quality are in demand everywhere, but I think he's in good hands in Leverkusen," he told SportBild.

"The general conditions there are perfect for top young players and their further development. Leverkusen play attractive football, the training opportunities are very good. Leverkusen also offers a cautious environment.

"As a player [at Leverkusen] you can sometimes make mistakes without being the focus of criticism – you should appreciate that.

"Of course, a player like Havertz would also like to play in the Champions League, so it would be important for Leverkusen to qualify."

Havertz has scored 10 goals in 34 outings for a Leverkusen side that are just two points outside the Champions League spots.

The 20-year-old's versatility makes him a valuable asset and will only add to his desirability.


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Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz admits he’s ‘ready for big step’ amid Premier League interest

Germany international Kai Havertz has suggested he is ready to move on from Bayer Leverkusen and says a move abroad is a possibility.

The 20-year-old has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United from the Premier League, though Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as interested suitors.

Usually playing as an attacking midfielder or from the right, left-footed Havertz has scored 10 goals this season and hit 20 in all competitions in 2018/19.

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Now in an interview with Sport Bild, he has said he’s ready to test himself at a higher level—though a move may depend on how many clubs are willing to match his estimated €100 million price tag.

“I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad,” Havertz said.

“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good. I have always said that. But, of course, I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.”

Havertz went on to highlight the most vital points he’d consider in the event of a transfer, with a style of play and management both factors which must work in his favour.

“The coach is a very important person for me. It must be a good fit. You can see that with our coach [at Leverkusen], Peter Bosz.

“For me, the sporting direction of the club is also reflected in the choice of coach.”

Havertz has been capped seven times already by the German national team, scoring once in a friendly against Argentina.

While not yet a starter under Jogi Low, he is tipped to be one of the great players of the next generation for Germany.

Liverpool have long-standing interest in him, but the Independent reported earlier in the year that their valuation of Leverkusen’s key man is significantly lower than the aforementioned £85m.

There is also a suggestion that big clubs will not spend the usual high fees this summer, after the loss of finances and the public spending needed to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Havertz has two years remaining on his current contract with Leverkusen.

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