Kai Havertz is officially with Chelsea FC, giving Blues fans something to look forward to. But like other players, most know that big-name players are bound for bigger things. And it appears this is what former Bayern Leverkusen coach Wolfgang Holzhauser sees. For him, it would not be surprising if the Blues are only a stepping stone for the 21-year-old football player.
Havertz is one of the latest big names that Frank Lampard has added. The German midfielder finally arrived at Stamford Bridge after the Blues paid an initial $94 million fee. Aside from that, Havertz is due roughly $23.5 million more in add-ons depending on his performance. According to Sport Bild, Havertz played a major role in speeding up the transaction, forfeiting a significant bonus.
From that alone, Havertz wants to be part of the plans that Lampard has for the Blues. That could hold for the coming season and next if the German can blend in with the other players and shine. However, the script could change somewhere in the future – regardless if the Gunners are successful or not.
That in mind, Holzhauser believes something big will happen moving forward. The move to Stamford Bridge is only the first step but teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona could rekindle interest. Both clubs were keeping tabs with the progress of Havertz before Arsenal sealed the deal, Goal reported.
“I would have preferred to see him at a team which plays more ‘Pep Guardiola football’, a team which is more known for huge ball possession. That is his game,” Holzhauser said to Goal and SPOX.
The former coach also weighed in on why Real and Barca may have held off for now. Both are dealing with financial difficulties, something most teams are dealing with due to the pandemic. However, that could change in the coming years.
“And it does not mean that clubs like Real and Barca will not be of interest to Kai Havertz in the future. He is only 21 years old. For now, it was important for Havertz to take the next logical step in his development after three years as a regular in Leverkusen,” Holzhauser said.
Havertz is flexible and a player that can fit in any other club. For now, he gets to show that with the Blues. But looking ahead, expect other clubs to keep tabs and strike once the opportunity arises.