Kai Havertz defended over ‘nonsense’ claims as Chelsea star backed to shine under Tuchel | Football | Sport

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Chelsea star Kai Havertz has been backed to convince his critics wrong when he returns to form as he endures a tough first season for the Blues. That comes from his former Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Jonathan Tah.

Chelsea star Havertz’s form has been defended amid ‘nonsense’ claims, Leverkusen ace Tah has insisted.

The Germany international signed for the Blues last summer for a club-record £72m in a free-spending transfer window at Stamford Bridge.

But it has not been an easy season for the 21-year-old, who also contracted coronavirus early on in his Chelsea career.

He has scored just once in the Premier League, assisting just two, and has started one game under Thomas Tuchel.

However, there are many who believe the youngster will come good after a settling-in period.

One of them included is Tah, who knows Havertz well from their time with Germany as well as Leverkusen.

“I’ve been watching the Chelsea games regularly since then (the move),” he told Sport 1.

“It’s super interesting because Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger also play there. I know what qualities Kai has.

“The game there is different than in Germany. There is a lot of talk in such phases: He has to do this and that because he has cost so and so much.

“But that’s nonsense. Give the boy time; then he will show his enormous qualities at Chelsea too. Kai will convince all the critics over there!”

Tah is a close pal of Havertz and could be joining him in the Premier League soon after being linked with Arsenal and Leicester.

And the centre-back has added fuel to the fire by admitting a move to England is on his mind.

“I’ve always said that I love England. It’s not a secret,” he added.

“The league is interesting, there are a lot of big teams and the style of play suits me.

“If at some point I notice that a change will bring me further and that I am stagnating in my development, then that is an option. But I’m currently very satisfied here in Leverkusen.”





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