Berlin (dpa) – Leverkusen’s sports director Rudi Völler wants to reinvest only part of the millions from Kai Havertz’s record transfer to Chelsea.
“We also have significant loss of income in times of Corona. We will of course take that into account and certainly not fully reinvest the transfer for Kai Havertz,” said Völler of “Bild am Sonntag”. “Although we still have to do something to maintain or improve the level,” he added. However, Havertz could not be replaced 1: 1.
A week ago, the 21-year-old international signed a five-year deal with the Blues. According to Bayer, the English club accepted the transfer terms of Leverkusen, which were reportedly 100 million euros. This makes Havertz the most expensive German player in Bundesliga history.
Völler said Havertz’s departure should be compensated by the team. “In 2019, we signed Kerem Demirbay and Nadiem Amiri, among others – both technically strong players who still have room for improvement and will prove it,” he said. Völler also has hopes for 17-year-old Florian Wirtz. It is true that one should not directly compare him with Havertz. “But Florian also has special skills despite his young age. His way of catching and taking the ball with the direct train forward is very impressive. He does not have to turn three times on his own axis, as you often see in Bundesliga. -matches.”
The goal of his team is to participate in the Champions League next season, according to Völler. “Bayern is the ultimate, then Dortmund. Behind it we see ourselves with three or four other teams. We want to return to the Champions League.”