Lampard explains why Chelsea were desperate to sign Kai Havertz


Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has revealed why he was so ai Havertz, and revealed what qualities the German midfielder will bring to the Blues.

The 21-year-old star arrived from Bayer Leverkusen last week, and he becomes Chelsea’s second most expensive signing in the process.

Chelsea pursued the signing of Havertz all summer, in light of rival interest from other sides, and Lampard says he has been a huge admirer of the player dating back far longer.

“I’ve loved him for a long time as a player since he came through,” he added. “He’s a different player to what I was but, when it’s an attacking midfielder that scores goals, obviously I certainly sit up and take notice.

“His style is very unique, he’s six-foot-two plus which is a great help in the modern day to have tall players in forward areas like that but the most important thing about him is his natural quality of receiving the ball and talent on the ball and calmness and quality and he arrives to score goals.”

Chelsea have already spent more than £200m this summer, with the expected arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for around £25m to make it their most expensive transfer window.

Lampard added: “Havertz brings a great versatility for us, he started as a No.8 arriving in the box, sometimes plays on the wing, can play as a false No.9 and he’s very comfortable and happy to play in all those positions.

“Being able to bring players like him and Timo Werner into the squad brings us a lot more energy and speed into the team which is something we always want at the top level because those players make the difference.”


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