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Michael Ballack advises Kai Havertz to stay at Leverkusen

By Rune Gjerulff

Spending another season at Bayer Leverkusen would be good for Kai Havertz's development, claims Michael Ballack.

Kai Havertz.
Kai Havertz.Photo: Дмитрий Пукалик/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

Kai Havertz has been heavily linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen, but would be wise to spend another season at BayArena, says former German international Michael Ballack.


"Players with his quality are in demand everywhere. But I think he's in good hands in Leverkusen. The conditions there are perfect for young top players and their development," Ballack said in an interview with Sport Bild and continued:

"Bayer play attractive football and their training facilities are very good. Leverkusen also offer a cautious environment, and as a player you can make mistakes without being the focus of criticism. You should appreciate that."

However, Leverkusen might have to qualify for the Champions League to keep their hopes of holding on to the 20-year-old alive, says Ballack.

"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," he said.

But even if Havertz should want to leave, he might have to stay at BayArena. According to Sport Bild, Leverkusen don't want to sell him for less than €100 million this summer. And in light of the corona crisis, it's far from certain that anyone will be willing to meet their asking price.

Havertz's contract with Leverkusen runs until 2022.


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