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Lionel Messi agrees with Jurgen Klopp over Kai Havertz amid Chelsea transfer

Kai Havertz scores for Bayer Leverkusen

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Kai Havertz is reportedly close to moving to Chelsea, amid numoerous interests from Premier League clubs.

Earlier this year, Havertz, who scored a total of 17 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign, was closely linked with a move to Premier League champions Liverpool, with the Anfield club looking at ways of improving what is already an incredibly talented squad.

The Reds’ head coach Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky in Germany in early-June, said: “There are a lot of good players on this planet. Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.

“Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn’t know if we could play again this year. If we hadn’t played the second half of the season, we would have thought, ‘OK, when can you really play football again?’ And now it starts right away.

“We act as if everything is already settled. It’s not settled. We use this little loophole we’ve been left to play football again. Everything else we have to see the moment it happens. We can’t pretend now that everything’s going to be fine in the future.”

Klopp, though, is not alone in being a big fan of the Germany international, with Havertz also having attracted praise from Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona captain, earlier this year, was tasked with picking his top 15 upcoming young stars in European football and Havertz was one of them. On his decision to include the 21-year-old on his leaderboard, Messi said: “His composure in front of goal is so impressive for such a young player.”


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