Kai Havertz Profile
|Born||Jun 11, 1999|
Chelsea record signing Kai Havertz joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020. Despite an uncertain first season at the Blues, he rounded it off by scoring the winner in the Champions League final.
Well-known for his versatility and his impressive goalscoring rate, he had spells at Alemannia Mariadorf and Alemannia Aachen as a youngster before moving into Bayer Leverkusen's youth system in 2010.
Havertz shot to stardom on the books of Bayer Leverkusen before earning a record move to Chelsea.
He made his breakthrough in the senior national team in 2018, shortly after the FIFA World Cup in Russia, and scored two goals in the group stages of the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
Kai Havertz and Bayer Leverkusen
Havertz joined Bayer Leverkusen's youth system at the age of 11 and quickly became a rising star despite struggling with growth spurts.
Havertz won the U-17 Fritz Walter Medal in 2016 after scoring 18 goals at that age group level. He made his breakthrough in the senior team that same year.
On October 15, 2016, Havertz came on as a substitute for Charles Aranguiz in a 2-1 Bundesliga defeat.
He scored his first goal on April 2, 2017 in a 3-3 draw with VfL Wolfsburg, becoming Leverkusen's youngest goalscorer at the age of 17.
On April 14, 2018, Havertz became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 50 appearances. He achieved the landmark at 18 years and 307 days old, breaking the record set by future Chelsea team-mate Timo Werner.
The 2018/19 season was a real breakthrough campaign for Havertz as he scored 20 times in all competitions. He followed up in 2019/20 with 18.
Record move to Chelsea
On September 4, 2020, Chelsea announced his signing.
"I am very happy and proud to be here. For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can't wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here," he was quoted as saying by the Blues' official website.
Meanwhile, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins."
Havertz took to social media to thank Bayer Leverkusen for his time at the club.
"Dear fans, I'm finding it difficult to describe my current emotions. I feel nothing but gratitude for Bayer 04 and the last 10 years in Leverkusen," the attacking midfielder posted on Instagram.
"As a little boy I grew up here with a dream. Here I have not only become a professional and national player, but above all a person with values. Here I have made friends for life who will be with me for a long time.
"B04 has supported me unconditionally from day one. And in the last few days I have received support and understanding from those responsible for my decision.
"The dream I came here with as an 11-year-old has only grown over the past few years under at Leverkusen. It was clear to me that one day I would play for one of the largest European clubs and gain experience abroad.
"It is time to express my big thanks to each and every one of you, my teammates, the fans, those responsible and the staff at B04. I will forever remain connected to my homeland and the club that shaped half of my life.
"Special thanks go to all the people who have accompanied and supported me over the years. Stay healthy and take care of yourself. Yours, Kai."
Havertz initially struggled at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, but there were high moments as well for him. He scored a hat-trick in the League Cup in a 6-0 third round thrashing of Barnsley, announcing himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful in style (although the COVID-19 pandemic meant that they were not there to cheer him on in person).
On November 4, it was revealed Havertz had tested positive for COVID-19, with the Blues youngster reportedly suffering severely with the symptoms.
Thomas Tuchel replaced Lampard as head coach following his sacking roughly midway through the season. Under his fellow German, Havertz rediscovered some of his best form. Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League and secured UEFA Champions League soccer for the following season.
Ahead of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City, Havertz was quoted by Chelsea's official website as saying: "We've picked up a lot of self-belief over the last few months from our good results and how we've played."
"Self-belief is generally very important in football and ours has improved a lot, so it's made a difference.
Chelsea went on to beat Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 in the final.
Havertz scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute, rounding Ederson to slot home after being released by Mason Mount.
When asked about his winning goal, Havertz struggled to put it into words: "I don't know what to say. I really don't know what to say. I waited a long time," he said, per the Metro.
A German international
Havertz received his first call-up to the Germany senior national team on August 29, 2018, having represented his country at various age group levels and captained them at U-19 level.
Havertz made his international debut on September 9, 2018, coming on as a substitute for Timo Werner against Peru. Germany won the game 2-1.
Havertz was named in Joachim Low's squad for Euro 2020. He scored in the 4-2 win over Portugal and the 2-2 draw with Hungary as Germany scraped through the group stage before crashing out in the round of 16 to England.
Kai Havertz is reportedly in a long-term relationship with Sophie Weber.
Kai Havertz's net worth
Kai Havertz earns £140,000 per week at Chelsea, as per Spotrac. His transfer fee was the subject of conflicting media reports, with some reports listing the initial fee as £62million, while others said his deal was worth up to £90million after an initial fee of £72million.