Leverkusen (dpa) – Financially a blessing, sporting loss: the departure of Kai Havertz evokes mixed feelings for Bayern Leverkusen.
On the one hand, the departure of the exceptional talent to Chelsea provides the Bundesliga club with record revenues, on the other hand, the loss of the 21-year-old attacking player in coach Peter Bosz’s squad is difficult to compensate. Especially since shortly before Kevin Volland (28) Bayer’s second important offensive force went to the Niko-Kovac-Club AS Monaco.
For sports director Rudi Völler, Havertz is “already world class, certainly one of the best who have ever played for Bayer 04,” as the club announced during the transfer on Friday evening. “In the coming years Kai will prove what a great footballer he is in the extremely demanding English league,” said Völler.
According to Bayer, Chelsea accepted Leverkusen’s transfer terms, which were reportedly 100 million euros. This makes Havertz the most expensive German player in Bundesliga history. He has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League club from London and will meet his national teammates Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner, who only moved from RB Leipzig to the Blues a few weeks ago.
The gifted Havertz was quoted on the Chelsea website with the phrases common to such transfers. “I am very happy and proud to be here. It is a dream come true for a great club like Chelsea,” he said. He had left the national team’s quarter in Stuttgart on Friday with the express permission of national team coach Joachim Löw to clarify the final details in London.
Havertz’s farewell greeting to his previous club was more emotional. “I’ve been with the club for ten years and have spent half my life under the Bayer Cross. I will stay with Bayer 04 forever,” he said in a message to Bayer fans. “But now I see it is time to start something new.”
Something new is now also starting for Leverkusen: the post-Havertz period. Those responsible could count on that for a long time. For a long time it was indicated that the desired player could not be kept. Real Madrid and FC Bayern were also traded as interested parties, but reportedly stopped advertising due to the uncertain corona future and high transfer fee. With Chelsea’s income, Bayer can now invest again.