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Chelsea target Havertz is even better than Ballack, says Gundogan


Havertz is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz is ‘even better’ than Michael Ballack in terms of ability.

The Blues have moved quickly in the transfer market, already sealing the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while their business is unlikely to end there.

Havertz is next on their priority list after a sensational season for Bayer Leverkusen in which he registered 12 Bundesliga goals and six assists.

The Germany international is reportedly keen on the move, but the two clubs are yet to come to an agreement over a transfer fee, with Leverkusen standing firm in their £91 million valuation of the player.


Ballack spent four years at Stamford Bridge, accruing a Premier League title, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

However, Gundogan insists that the youngster is superior to his compatriot talent-wise.

Ballack was a force to be reckoned with at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

‘In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his playing ability,’ Gundogan told Sport Bild.

‘Ballack had a certain level of aggression in his game, and a strong mentality.

‘He was a top player of the previous generation – a b*****d on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.’


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The 21-year-old will be in action again on Thursday evening when the German outfit take on Rangers in the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie.

When quizzed about Havertz’s mindset going into the game, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz said: ‘Yes, he will play and yes I’m convinced he’s 100 per cent still fighting for Leverkusen.’

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