Kai Havertz has left Leverkusen boss "convinced" amid Chelsea transfer interest

Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz says Kai Havertz will play in their Europa League last-16 second leg against Rangers on Thursday despite speculation linking him with Chelsea.

The exciting winger lit up the Bundesliga with his performances this season, scoring 12 goals and creating six assists in his blistering campaign.

He is being strongly linked with a move to the Blues this summer, and it seems to be only a matter of time until he signs on the dotted line for Frank Lampard's side.

Before that, though, he will be hoping to fire Leverkusen to Europa League glory, with the German team 3-1 up from the first leg against the Gers.

Speaking ahead of the match Bosz insisted he had no worries over Havertz's frame of mind, simply saying: "Yes, he will play and yes I'm convinced he's 100 per cent still fighting for Leverkusen."

The home side will be strong favourites to progress to the quarter-finals against the SPL runners-up, but Bosz has warned his players against complacency.

"I don't think it's a formality at all," he added. "If a player tells me that I would blame him for saying that.

"Of course winning at Ibrox 3-1 was a great result, but it won't be easy at all. Just look at the preparations Rangers have doing.

"They kept clean sheets throughout all their pre-season friendlies so it won't be an easy match at all tomorrow."

Chelsea have already brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to strengthen their front-line, and the addition of Havertz would be yet another huge signing as they look to challenge for major honours next season.

They are also thought to still be targeting a new goalkeeper and left-back, with Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak and Ben Chilwell of Leicester among those being linked.

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