express: Kai Havertz is a star of the future who has the potential to replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea, according to Dimitar Berbatov. However, the Bayer Leverkusen attacker has also been warned against joining the Blues or their Premier League rivals Liverpool too early in his career.
Havertz is just 20 years old but is already one of the most highly-rated players in European football, having bagged 12 goals and provided eight assists in 35 appearances for Leverkusen across all competitions so far this season.
The youngster, who has seven caps for Germany, scored twice in his side’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen on Monday to reignite talk of a Premier League move.
Berbatov, who spent five years at the BayArena then moved to England with Tottenham before spells at Manchester United and Fulham, thinks Havertz is destined for a big-money transfer but has warned the Leverkusen star to keep his feet on the ground.
“This week, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has been linked with a move to the Premier League and that doesn’t surprise me,” the 39-year-old told Betfair.
“He has great quality and he will become even better in the future. I was so pleased to see not only him, but the Leverkusen team came back really strong in their win against Werder Bremen.
“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.
“There’s a lot of talk that Liverpool, Chelsea and other teams are interested in him, so now he needs to be careful, not let that go to his head and stay focused on his game.
“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.”
Berbatov even went so far as to suggest Havertz can fill the shoes of Hazard at Chelsea, with the Blues yet to replace the talismanic Belgian since his move to Real Madrid last summer.
However, the former United frontman warned against an immediate transfer by saying: “I would like to see Havertz in the Premier League at some point, but not right now.
“I think it is a bit too early for him, I want to see him play more games, score more goals and get more confidence and maturity.
“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.
“I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.
“I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.
“Havertz is an option for them but it has only been the first week back of the Bundesliga and I hope that he continues the way he has come back, by scoring and producing the goals that he has done so far.”
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