Antonio Rudiger has revealed he’s played a small role in Kai Havertz’s imminent move to Chelsea. The west Londoners have reached a £72million agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for the Germany international.
The midfielder is said to have agreed personal terms with the Blues, who are in the midst of a major summer splurge.
Manager Frank Lampard has already forked out a whopping £131m to acquire the services of Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Leicester, Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.
Prior to moving to Stamford Bridge, Germany hitman Werner discussed life in west London with Rudiger.
“I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website.
I made my contribution to Timo. I hope that it will happen with Kai too.
“We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England.
“Of course, then I did my bit, what I had to do.”
And speaking ahead of Germany’s Nations League clashes with Spain and Switzerland, the Blues defender revealed he’s done his utmost to convince Havertz to swap Leverkusen for London.
“I made my contribution to Timo,” Rudiger told the media. “I hope that it will happen with Kai too.”
Leverkusen are bracing themselves for the departure of their star midfielder, with manager Peter Bosz admitting he doesn’t expect the 21-year-old to play for the club again.
“Unfortunately, our squad has not yet been determined,” he said. I no longer expect that Kevin Volland and Kai Havertz will train with us again.”
He added: “Everything is possible in football. But when you ask me whether I expect him to come back, I have to say clearly: ‘No.'”
Chelsea’ will be back in action a week on Monday, travelling to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton in their opening Premier League fixture of the 2020-2021 season.
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