Kai Havertz should never have moved to Chelsea

The Bundesliga loses a very talented national player, the English club FC Chelsea wins one – for 100 million euros. But did the most expensive German player of all time miss something when he switched?

Kai Havertz is the most expensive German player in history thanks to his € 100 million transfer to Chelsea. In England, however, not everyone has it on the radar yet. Chelsea FC exchanged the letters of the first name at the introduction and was then mocked for “Kia” Havertz. And the big headlines in the newspapers on the “back pages” reserved for sports belonged to others. Havertz was only found in the message area. Possibly.

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The BBC asked, “Who is Kai Havertz?” But then declared, “The new Michael Ballack and future superstar”, that is, a “German child prodigy”. After searching for clues among companions and explorers, the “Times” came to a similar conclusion: “A degree like Ballack, smart as Busquets.” Ballack, the former captain of the German national team, played for Chelsea from 2006 to 2010, winning the championship and several national cups with the club. As a midfield quarterback, Busquets won the triple of the Spanish Championship, Cup and Champions League with FC Barcelona twice.

For Havertz, anyway, “a dream” came true, he was “very happy and proud”. No wonder the 21-year-old will be Chelsea’s best earner in the future at an incredible £ 310,000 a week (about £ 350,000), according to Sun – by far. Timo Werner would pocket 170,000 pounds there, world champion Oliver Giroud “only” 110,000. Havertz, they believe in London, is worth every penny. “Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football,” said club director Marina Granovskaia, “he is an exciting, dynamic talent.”

There are a few catches, however. For example, the fact that Chelsea has not belonged to the top clubs in Europe in recent years. Last season alone, the club qualified for the Champions League, but fourth in the England rankings they were 33 points behind champions Liverpool. Although the clubs of the very first row were also interested in a transfer from Havertz, he chose Chelsea. That leads to the question:

Did Kai Havertz make the right decision in joining Chelsea?

Florian Wichert

Deputy Editor


Yes, Havertz will be the new Ballack – only better

Is the change coming too soon? How should a 21-year-old bear the burden of a € 100 million transfer fee? Why is he even going to Chelsea and not Real Madrid or Liverpool?

Yes, there are certainly concerns about Kai Havertz’s move. However, they are all nonsense.

Not only is Kai Havertz as tall (1.89m) and scoring goals as former crowd favorite Michael Ballack – he will also hit midfield at Chelsea like his German predecessor. At least. Because while Ballack entered the Premier League at the age of 29 and gave Chelsea a championship title, Havertz is eight years younger and will one day lead the club to international success. There is no doubt about Havertz’s qualities. And the transfer fee can even help him: you don’t put such an expensive player in the bank in the first instance.

Important: Havertz has the unconditional confidence of coach Frank Lampard. Whether he uses him tenth in 4-2-3-1 or eight in 4-3-3, he’s sure to tune the game for him. With Werner, Ziyech and Thiago Silva, Havertz has talented new players. With them he dares to attack the top in Europe.

Robert Hiersemann

Head of football and sports


No, we are being threatened with a second Kroos case

Germany’s number one football hopes should never have switched to Chelsea. Because that is not only dangerous for himself, but also unfortunate for the Bundesliga. Instead, Kai Havertz should have gone to FC Bayern or BVB. Why? Two thoughts on that:

First, we are losing a piece of the spectacle in Germany. Havertz scored 36 goals in 138 league games and prepared 25 more goals – a sensational rate for a 21-year-old. In the future he will show his skills on the island. Sad. Because Kroos once left the league to develop into the greatest German football hero in Madrid – alongside Neuer. Why don’t we keep these exceptional talents with us?

Second, the move abroad may come too soon. Dortmund is only 142 kilometers from the native country Aachen and 70 kilometers from the Leverkusen football stadium. There he would have had the necessary nest warmth. Munich would have been a great solution too. Now he plays in the 8.9 million metropolis of London. The chance of performance loss is greater there.

The Bundesliga has lost a bit of its appeal with the departure and the super talent is taking risks. It will be interesting to see what happens now.

Who is right?

In the “game of the week”, Florian Wichert (deputy editor at Chillreport) and Robert Hiersemann (head of football and sports) provide weekly commentary on current football topics.

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