Kai Havertz has named Olivier Giroud as the player who has impressed him most since he moved to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 34-year-old has been in outstanding form for Chelsea in recent weeks with six goals in his last six matches, including a four-goal haul against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League.
Giroud had been linked with a transfer move away from Chelsea after struggling to secure regular playing time at the start of the new season.
But Havertz has revealed that the Fremchman has been the one who has surprised him the most at the club and says the forward is an ‘amazing player’.
Asked if there has been a player who has impressed him since he signed for Chelsea, Havertz told Sky Sports Germany: ‘The one who really impressed me is Olivier Giroud.
‘I wouldn’t have expected that before. He’s an amazing player. Playing with him as a striker is just fun.
‘It is not for nothing that he holds records in the French national team. He has a lot of games and a lot of goals under his belt.
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‘He’s also a great guy as a person. Basically it’s great fun in the group because the quality is very high everywhere.’
Havertz also revealed how Frank Lampard was a key factor behind his decision to sign for Chelsea. He said: ‘He’s very important to me. ‘We all know him as a football player, he is one of the greatest legends here in England – also internationally in world football.
‘Of course, having someone like that as a coach is not a given. I appreciate very much.
‘As a coach he is very helpful to me, he can teach me an incredible amount. Also because I play a little in the position that he shaped. Frank was also very dangerous.’