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Name Kai Havertz
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc The list of the top five goalscorers in the Bundesliga this season is made up of strikers from the Champions League and Europa League challengers, except for one name - Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. The teenage sensation has been the biggest success story in Germany in 2018-19, scoring 17 times in the league for Leverkusen and earning his first call up by Germany head coach Joachim Low. Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz has also increased Havertz’s responsibility over the course of the season and now has the 19 year old taking the team’s penalty kicks

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayer Leverkusen
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2019 07 14 Retrieve

[Rumoured Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has ruled out a move away from Bayer Leverkusen for at least another year] For me, it has long been clear that I will spend the next season in Leverkusen, without any ifs and buts. I feel very well in Leverkusen and I see a period here in which I can develop very well. At some point I will take the next step. If it comes to that, then no one will be angry with me here. You just want to achieve the most possible in your career

[Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller previously told any interested suitors to forget about bidding for the Germany international, who is under contract at BayArena until 2022] It’s logical for clubs to come close, but there was nothing to be agreed and not too much to talk about. For the coming season, I can definitely say that Leverkusen is the right place for me

2019 07 19 Retrieve

[Reported Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has admitted he is uncertain if playing for the Bundesliga champions is the next and right step for him] I really don’t know yet whether Bayern is the next and right step for me. I also don’t know whether foreign countries would not be more suitable for me. I really don’t think too much about it at the moment. I have that self-confidence, yes [I could play for Bayern]. But the same applies to other clubs as well

[Havertz conceded that a transfer is in his future at some point, even if his focus remains on his current club] I am honest, at some point the next step must come for me. But I’m not going to worry about when exactly that will happen. What counts now is Bayer Leverkusen. We still have a lot to do. Leverkusen very quickly signaled that they wanted to keep me. That’s why it wasn’t an issue for me. Now I’m starting my 10th year here, maybe we can make it a golden one for the club. What will happen afterwards has not yet been decided. There is no club where I have already signed

2019 07 24 Retrieve

[Kai Havertz says Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos are perhaps the best footballers Germany has ever seen] In my opinion, Mesut Ozil or Toni Kroos have been and are wrongly critcised for unnecessarily delaying the game or slowing the tempo down. Who claims this has very little idea of the game. In my opinion they are perhaps the best footballers Germany has ever had

[When asked where he saw himself in two or three years’s time] I hope to be at an absolute top club. There are five, six clubs that are among the best in the world and my goal is to reach such a level. Of course, I hope that I will win one or the other title in the next few years, experience a lot and make the most of my career. That’s what matters to me. The people in 30, 40 years only remember you when you have really achieved something. That is my goal. Next year I am 21 and that I want to take the next step at some point is very clear. No one in Leverkusen will be mad at me either. For every player comes a point at which he wants to evolve. We will see. There is a lot of talk and writing in general, but I do not put much pressure on myself

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Kai Havertz speaks about the two German national team players he admires most] In my opinion, Mesut Ozil or Toni Kroos have been and are wrongly criticised for unnecessarily delaying the game or slowing the tempo down. Who claims this has very little idea of the game. In my opinion they are perhaps the best footballers Germany has ever had

: 2019 07 28 Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has been named Footballer of the Year in Germany for the second time in his career. The Association of German Sports Journalists, in conjunction with football magazine Kicker, gave Reus 150 of the 540 votes cast to place him ahead of Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Kai Havertz and Bayern Munich full-back Joshua Kimmich.

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz insists he will have the final say on his next career move after being linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona] listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. I will embrace any advice Joachim Low will give me because he has a lot experience - it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[When asked about Bayern Munich’s apparent interest] They’re probably the biggest club in Germany and there are many players that were very successful at a young age that went there. Therefore, I get linked with Bayern, but we’ll see what happens. There are players that want to stay close to their family and others say, ‘I want to live in another country’. There’s something clear: if you want to be a star in Germany, you can’t go wrong with Bayern. I think I’ve picked up enough international experience at Leverkusen. I know the rhythm of these international matches and I’m confident that I can go abroad at any moment and play at clubs outside of Germany. For the moment, I want to have a good season. Afterwards, we’ll see.

[When it was suggested his style suits Barca] Yes, because Barcelona have a lot of the ball, but there are lots of teams that do that these days, not only Barcelona. Real Madrid, for example, are a team that have a lot of possession, although they’ve been a bit less efficient than Barcelona in recent years. There are many players that inspired me like Kaka, [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldinho… they’ve always been my idols. Between the Spanish players, my favourite is Andres Iniesta. He’s outstanding on the ball. Unique. I like him the most

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Havertz has been linked with Bayern Munich. Back in November, he acknowledged Bayern’s pulling power but suggested he was considering a move abroad] They’re probably the biggest club in Germany and there are many players that were very successful at a young age that went there. Therefore, I get linked with Bayern, but we’ll see what happens. There are players that want to stay close to their family and others that say, ‘I want to live in another country’. One thing is clear: if you want to be a star in Germany, you can’t go wrong with Bayern

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Man Utd & Liverpool linked Havertz says he’s open to new challenge abroad] I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad. 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

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Havertz after match] I’m very happy. We didn’t make many mistakes and deservedly won. Now we want to continue like this on Saturday in Monchengladbach

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Liverpool target Havertz will not disrespect Leverkusen with transfer talk] I do not like to say, of course, that there is a lot of speculation. I’m concentrating on this season and will see what happens afterwards. I am very grateful to Leverkusen and I don’t want to mess it up in any way.

We’re happy about the win. We put it on ourselves to win here and we did that. We had to really give everything today and I think we deserved to win in the end

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Havertz has shown more than enough since the Bundesliga returned to show he is ready for bigger and better things and admitted he is considering his next challenge] I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad. 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