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Bayern coach Hansi Flick praises Kai Havertz: 'He has developed enormously'

By Laura Brandt

Bayern München coach Hansi Flick has lavished praise on Kai Havertz amid speculation that the 20-year-old could make the move to Allianz Arena in the future.
Hansi Flick.
Hansi Flick.
Bayern München coach Hansi Flick has added fuel to the speculation linking Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz with a move to the German champions.

Speaking ahead of Bayern's Bundesliga encounter with Havertz and Leverkusen on Saturday, Flick sung the praises of the 20-year-old, whom he has known since 2016.

Back then, Flick was working as a sporting director for the German national team while Havertz was an under-17 international, and the 55-year-old has been keeping an eye on the youngster's progress ever since.

"I think very few coaches wouldn't want to have Kai Havertz in their team. He has developed enormously at Leverkusen," admitted Flick at Friday's press conference.

"He moves very well between the lines, is quite fast, safe on the ball and is good at finding space. He has got a strong goal-scoring instinct at a young age," he continued.

Flick also provided a update on Thiago Alcantara, who could return to the starting eleven on Saturday after recovering from an adductor problem.

"He is always an option. His quality would do any team good. Let's wait and see what will happen tomorrow. We always need options so that the opponents don't know everything about us," Flick said.

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