Chelsea star Kai Havertz has hinted that the Blues were always likely to have an advantage over others when it came to signing him because he watched Frank Lampard as a player while growing up and would ‘dream’ of following in his footsteps.
21-year-old Havertz has also expressed hope that Lampard will help improve him as a player because of the similarities he thinks they have on the pitch.
Many weeks before Chelsea completed the £72m transfer from Bayer Leverkusen, it had been heavily reported that Havertz had made his mind up about joining the Blues.
“I was dreaming as a kid to play in the Premier League and to play for Chelsea as well because for me Chelsea is a very big club and one of the best in the world,” he told the media this week.
“I watched the Premier League as a kid very often with my brother and my parents so it seems a little unreal for me and my family that I’m now sitting here and playing for a club like Chelsea.”
Specifically talking about Lampard, Havertz also said, “I watched many games of him as a kid and I loved him as a player. He was one of the biggest players in England of his time.
“He likes the way I play as a midfielder, to go into the box trying to score goals and make assists.
“It helps a lot to have a manager who played for such a long time in the Premier League and in the national team. He can give me tips and I think he will help me a lot to become a better football player so I’m very excited that he’s my manager now.”
Havertz made his Chelsea debut in the club’s Premier League opener against Brighton on Monday, operating from the right flank. He will be hoping to get his first goal in Chelsea colours when champions Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.