Man City star brands Chelsea icon a “b****rd” during Kai Havertz transfer talk | Football | Sport

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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has branded his fellow countryman Michael Ballack a “b****rd” while explaining why Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz is not like the former Blues midfielder.

Gundogan may have to come up against his Germany international team-mate Havertz in the Premier League next season.

The 21-year-old has told his current club Bayer Leverkusen of his desire to leave and join Chelsea.

The west Londoners have apparently agreed personal terms with the versatile midfielder and are negotiating the fee.

If Havertz completes a move to Chelsea he is expected to help them become serious challengers to Liverpool and City.

The Leverkusen star has been compared to Blues icon Michael Ballack but Gundogan thinks Havertz is a class above.

“In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his playing ability,” he told Sport Bild.

“Ballack had a certain level of aggression in his game, and a strong mentality.

“He was a top player of the previous generation – a b****rd on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.”

Havertz will become Chelsea’s third signing of the summer and second from the Bundesliga.

The 24-year-old pushed to leave the Etihad Stadium to return to Germany and Gundogan has explained the attacker’s motivation behind the switch.

“The day before the move became official he confirmed it to me (that he was leaving). It didn’t shock me as I knew it was coming,” the 29-year-old added.

“He’s not won any titles in Germany yet [which acted as a motivation to make the move] and I think he’ll do great things in the Bundesliga and help Bayern a lot.”





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