Chelsea’s Havertz not burdened by $125m price tag
Chelsea’s new recruit Kai Havertz has said he will not put pressure on himself to justify his price tag, following his big-money move from German side Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.
Havertz, 21, was signed by Chelsea for a reported fee of £71 million (S$124.8m) – a club-record fee for an outfield player.
“Of course it’s a big price tag, but in football today it’s normal to pay these prices,” Havertz told reporters.
“I will not put a lot of pressure on myself because I’m doing not the best or the worst because the price tag is that high. I’m trying to focus on football and trying to play my best football here in Chelsea.
"I’m just playing football, I love to play football. That’s why I’m here.”
With striker Timo Werner and winger Hakim Ziyech also joining the English Premier League club in the close-season, Havertz is expected to slot in at the No. 10 position behind the striker.
However, the Germany international said he considered himself a versatile player who could play in a variety of attacking roles and would even be at ease on the wing or up front.
“I played every offensive position at Leverkusen,” he said.
“I played as a right winger, a No. 10, a No. 6, No. 8 – sometimes as a striker as well. But, for me, it’s very important to have that flexibility on the pitch and to be creative... I can play many positions, but my best position is as a No. 10.
“I need a little time to adapt to the league. It’s very different to Germany, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Chelsea, who won their EPL opener 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion, host champions Liverpool on Sunday (Sept 20). – REUTERS