Kai Havertz tells Lampard his favourite position at Chelsea


Kai Havertz says he is happy to play anywhere as long as he is selected by Frank Lampard after joining Chelsea, but concedes he has a favourite position.

The Germany star’s versatility represented one of the major reasons Lampard wanted to sign the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder who represents the headline purchase of a big-spending summer window for the blues.

Havertz started Monday’s season opener at Brighton and although Chelsea began with a convincing 3-1 win, the 21-year-old gave a poor performance and conceded afterwards he was left exhausted after his first taste of Premier League action.

Lampard deployed Havertz on the right flank against Brighton with Mason Mount occupying a central role and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timo Werner played in advanced position.

Speaking about his preferred role, Kai Havertz said: ‘I played I think every offensive position at Leverkusen. I played as a right winger, as a No.10, as a No.6, No.8 and sometimes as a striker as well.

‘But for more it’s very important to have that flexibility on the pitch and to be creative, that’s something I like. I think I can play many positions.

‘Of course, for me my best position is as a No.10, but of course I can play on the right side or as a striker as well. To be honest I’m happy to stay on the pitch. I think I’m flexible.’

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Havertz earned a reputation during his time at Leverkusen as a goalscoring midfielder, timing his runs into the box perfectly in a manner similar to his new manager and Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer.

‘I watched many games of him as a kid and I loved him as a player,’ Havertz added. ‘He was one of the biggest players in England of his time.

‘He likes the way I play as a midfielder, to go into the box trying to score goals and make assists. It helps a lot to have a manager who played for such a long time in the Premier League and in the national team.

‘He can give me tips and I think he will help me a lot to become a better football player so I’m very excited that he’s my manager now.’


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