KEY POINTS

  • Chelsea completed the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen
  • Havertz is Chelsea's fourth major signing of the summer after Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell
  • The German youngster is already looking forward to working with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea has finally completed the transfer deal to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

The Blues showed they were determined to bounce back in the next Premier League season with the arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner on massive deals. However, these only marked the beginning of the team’s major rebuilding this summer, with the club then confirming the signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.

Now, Chelsea finalized another massive transfer move by securing a deal reported to be worth £70 million ($91 million) to sign Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is pleased to have the 21-year-old German player on the team. On the club’s official website, the exec said that they are happy to have an “exciting and dynamic” player with a “proven pedigree” in one of the most competitive leagues in Europe.

“Kai [Havertz] is one of the best players of his age in world football,” Granovskaia said. “So we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.”

Frank Lampard has evidently played a huge role in his club’s major signings this offseason, and the Havertz deal was no different. Ahead of his Chelsea debut, Havertz is already looking forward to working with the Blues manager, whom he has always admired even as a player.

Germany midfielder Kai Havertz sat out Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last November due to injury Germany midfielder Kai Havertz sat out Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last November due to injury Photo: AFP / Ina Fassbender

“Of course he [Lampard] had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often,” Havertz said in his first interview with Chelsea’s official website. “And I think I can learn from him now he is a manager as well. I think he is a very humble person and a great guy and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.”

As early as now, Havertz already sees some similarities between him and Lampard in terms of playing style. According to the youngster, the fact that he and Lampard both love to score goals is already an advantage on his part.

“He was very offensive like me and he loves to score goals, and I love to score goals as well so I think he will help me a lot in my position,” he added.