Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has confirmed that he is currently attempting to persuade fellow countryman Kai Havertz to join him in the Premier League.
The name of 21-year-old Havertz has of course proven a mainstay in the European media for several months now.
Following another stellar campaign at the BayArena, during which he racked up 18 goals and 9 assists, the attacking midfielder has been named as a summer target for a whole host of European heavyweights.
The likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United have all been tipped as potential destinations.
No club, however, have been more persistently linked with a move for the German starlet than Chelsea.
The Blues are of course in the process of a major rebuild ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, with all of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva having already made the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Havertz, meanwhile, has been identified as the final piece in Frank Lampard’s potentially lethal attacking puzzle, with the latest word stemming from the European media this week having suggested that the Bayer Leverkusen standout’s move to southwest London is now imminent:
…because Kai Havertz is a Chelsea player by one week! Just a matter of time to prepare the announcement, have medicals and complete the contracts for a €100m deal. Never been in doubt. [And Kevin Volland is joining Monaco]. Here we go confirmed, so 🔵 #CFC #Chelsea #transfers https://t.co/Qglfeocab9
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2020
‘Hope that it works again’
And, as outlined above, one individual who appears to be doing his utmost to ensure that Havertz’s Chelsea switch goes off without a hitch, is Antonio Rudiger.
Speaking earlier today, Blues stopper Rudiger was drawn on the subject of his international teammate joining him in the English capital.
And the 27-year-old went on to confirm that, after playing a role in persuading Timo Werner to commit to a Stamford Bridge switch already this summer, he is now doing likewise with Havertz:
‘Everything went well with Timo Werner, so I made my contribution.’
‘And I hope that it works again now.’
Antonio Rudiger has admitted he is trying to help persuade Kai Havertz join Chelsea 🔵🇩🇪
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 1, 2020