Kai Havertz refused to comment on the transfer speculation surrounding the Bayer Leverkusen star after his latest eye-catching display in the Bundesliga. The German international was on target twice as his Leverkusen side beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 on Saturday.
The double is Havertz’s second in two games since football restarted in Germany, with the 20-year-old also bagging a brace in the 4-1 victory over Werder Bremen on Monday.
Havertz has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League, and it is believed that Chelsea and Liverpool are leading the race for the young playmaker.
However, the Leverkusen star remained coy over his plans ahead of the summer transfer window when probed after his side’s most recent win.
“I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation,” Havertz told Sky in Germany.
“I am very grateful to Leverkusen and I don’t want to mess it up in any way.”
Havertz has scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in 36 appearances across all competitions so far this term, and is under contract at the BayArena until 2022.
However, the rising star has previously hinted that he is ready to embark on the next stage of his career and move away from the Bundesliga.
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“I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad,” Havertz recently told SportBild.
“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good. I have always said that. But of course I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.
“The coach is a very important person for me. It must be a good fit. You can see that with our coach, Peter Bosz. For me, the sporting direction of the club is also reflected in the choice of coach.”
Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes has admitted that it will be hard to keep hold of Havertz, and didn’t rule out a departure this summer when he spoke to Bild last month.
“We know he feels very comfortable here. We are in constant communication with Kai – it’s all very open and transparent.”
While speculation continues to mount over a switch to the Premier League, former Leverkusen and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has warned Havertz not to make the move too early.
“Players with his quality are in demand everywhere. But I think he’s in good hands in Leverkusen,” Ballack told SportBild.
“Leverkusen also offer a cautious environment, and as a player you can make mistakes without being the focus of criticism. You should appreciate that.
“Of course a player like Kai Havertz has to play in the Champions League, so it would be important for Leverkusen to qualify for it.”
Consecutive wins have moved Leverkusen up to third in the table, putting them in line for Champions League qualification ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
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