Chelsea should sign Havertz rather than Coutinho, says Leboeuf

‘I like his maturity’: Chelsea should sign Kai Havertz rather than Philippe Coutinho in the transfer window, says former Blues star Frank Leboeuf

  • Chelsea have been linked with move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Havertz 
  • The Blues are also interested in Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern Munich
  • Leboeuf has no doubts who he believes Frank Lampard should be looking at
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Chelsea have been told to go for Kai Havertz rather than Philippe Coutinho by ex-Blues defender Frank Leboeuf.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Havertz has continued his impressive form by scoring three times in two games following the resumption of the Bundesliga following the coronavirus shutdown.

The 20-year-old Germany international was on target twice on Saturday as Bayer won 3-1 away at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeu believes the Blues should be targeting Kai Havertz

Chelsea have also been linked with Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich from Barcelona, and Leboeuf has no doubts who he believes Frank Lampard should be looking at.

‘I like his maturity on the field, he looks like someone who is 30 and knows exactly what he has to do and when he has to do it,’ he told ESPN FC. ‘The goal he scored was very clever, between the goalkeeper’s legs.

‘He’s the master orchestrator of that team and I talked about him last week and I said that’s a player that I would hire for sure.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has continued his impressive form in the Bundesliga

‘When we were talking Chelsea about Coutinho, when you see that player [Havertz], he should be in the Premier League very soon. He should be because he’s a very, very talented player.’

Leboeuf has been critical of Coutinho, despite the 27-year-old Brazil international posting eight goals and six assists in 22 league outings for the Bundesliga leaders so far this season.

‘I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what?’ he said in March.’I don’t know where his place would be. If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’

Coutinho has recently returned to training after suffering an ankle injury.

Philippe Coutinho is currently on loan at Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich from Barcelona

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Havertz should expect Premier League interest, says Berbatov

‘It is no surprise Liverpool want him’: Kai Havertz should expect Premier League interest after his stunning displays for Bayer Leverkusen, says Dimitar Berbatov… but former striker warns him to stay put for now

  • Kai Havertz’s impressive form continued as the Bundesliga returned last week
  • The 20-year-old scored twice in Bayer Leverkusen’s win against Werder Bremen
  • The midfielder has attracted interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd 
  • But Dimitar Berbatov believes Havertz should stay in Germany for the time being 

Kai Havertz deserves to be linked with top Premier League clubs according to Dimitar Berbatov, but he has warned the German star to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for the time being. 

Attacking midfielder Havertz has shone for his club this season, and scored twice in a 4-1 victory against Werder Bremen on Monday night as the Bundesliga returned last week. 

His impressive form and eye-catching set of skills has seen him linked with moves to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months and while not surprised by the speculation, former Leverkusen striker Berbatov has urged the 20-year-old to stay put for now.  

Kai Havertz is one of Europe’s hottest properties and has been linked with the Premier League

Former Leverkusen striker Dimitar Berbatov is not surprised by all the speculation

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‘Havertz needs to get used to the sounds that are being made about him following his two goals on Monday night because teams are going to come after him,’ Berbatov told Betfair. 

‘He has enough quality and if he continues the way he is going teams will still be there, they won’t go away.

‘All eyes are on the Bundesliga at the moment and when you score goals and play good football it is no surprise that teams like Liverpool want you.’ 

Havertz has scored eight goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances this season, with Leverkusen currently fifth in the table. 

As of Saturday morning before the second week of Bundesliga fixtures got underway, Leverkusen are eight points off leaders Bayern, but just one point off Red Bull Leipzig a spot ahead in fourth – they play third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon. 

Havertz continues to impress for Leverkusen, who are fifth in the Bundesliga, this season

Havertz scored twice against Werder Bremen, taking his season tally to 12 in all competitions

‘I would like to see Havertz in the Premier League at some point, but not right now,’ Berbatov, who moved from Germany to England in 2006 at the age of 25, continued. 

‘I think it is a bit too early for him. I also think he will need a bit more muscle to play in the Premier League, we all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces and you need to be ready for that if you are going to hit the ground running in such a demanding league.

‘I think he should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more and get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.’ 

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