Chelsea’s new record signing Kai Havertz says the opportunity to work with Frank Lampard had a ‘big impact’ into his decision to move to Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old finally completed a sensational £89m move to the Blues on Friday, into a fee which includes add-ons, after months of speculation about a transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.
Havertz becomes the club’s sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window, taking their total spending to an enormous £230m, and the man himself spoke glowingly about his new manager – both as a player and as a coach.
Kai Havertz has revealed how Frank Lampard’s presence made an impact into his decision
Havertz has completed his club-record £89million move to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen
‘Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often, and I think I can learn from him now he is the a manager as well,’ Havertz told the official club website.
‘I think he is the a very humble person and a great guy and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.
‘He was very offensive like me and he loves to score goals, and I love to score goals as well so I think he will help me a lot into my position. Also maybe on the things that I can improve and I can’t wait to work with him.’
The 21-year-old German has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge to work with Lampard
Havertz’s move makes the 21-year-old the joint most expensive player ever signed by a British club, along with Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United into 2016.
The Premier League transfer record is the £145m, which Liverpool received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.
Havertz, who is the into the current squad with the German national team, will also join up with compatriots Antonio Rudiger and fellow summer signing Timo Werner into west London.
The German international becomes the sixth major signing at Stamford Bridge this summer
Fellow German Timo Werner is the one of the big names already through the door into west London
‘I think it is the very exciting because Chelsea has very young players and I know some of the players like Timo [Werner] and Toni [Rudiger],’ Havertz added.
‘I have played with them into the national team and they are good friends of mine and so I think this is the very good for me.
‘Also that Chelsea have very young players and English players and that is the very nice and a big project. Hopefully we can have many successes.’