HAV-RACADABRA German wizard Kai Havertz looks like Harry Potter, is devoted to girlfriend Sophie Weber, and relaxes by playing piano
SINCE exploding on to the scene in 2016, Kai Havertz has been talked about as Germany’s most promising talent.
And now the Bayer Leverkusen star is at the centre of a major transfer battle between Chelsea and Manchester United.
The German star is said to be in “constant communication” with Manchester United ahead of a summer transfer window move.
But Chelsea boss Lampard is hoping he can entice Havertz to join his young team, just as he like he did with Timo Werner.
Havertz himself has revealed he expects to leave Leverkusen to progress his career – not ruling out a move abroad.
“I often wonder about all the things people allegedly know about me.
“I am ready to make a big step and I like challenges. That includes abroad.
“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good – I have always said that.
“But of course I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.”
With a range of skills that have embarrassed defenders through the years, now backed up with an abundance of goals, Havertz is the real deal.
And he even looks like movie wizard Harry Potter, and dressed up as the famous character for a fancy dress party at a Cologne nightclub last year.
In his last campaign, £70m-rated Havertz managed to score 17 goals in the German league – the most ever by a teenager in a single Bundesliga season.
Still only 20, pundits say he’s a hybrid of Mesut Ozil, Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos. Here’s why.
Born in Aachen to a policeman father and a mother who is a lawyer, Havertz has football in his blood.
His dad and granddad both played at amateur level, and the young boy would join them for a kickabout on a football pitch that sat just 100metres from their home.
By the tender age of four, Havertz turned out for his local team, Alemannia Mariadorf, where his other grandfather was president.
Already he was playing with boys much older than him because of an extraordinary ability.
At the age of nine he starred in the Geißbock-Cup in Cologne, where Bundesliga scouts marked down his name as one for the future. And they weren’t wrong.
Cologne and Borussia Mönchengladbach were just two of the clubs keeping an eye on him, but it was Bayer Leverkusen who made their move first.
At just 11, Havertz joined their impressive youth set-up, spearheaded by then youth coordinator Jürgen Gelsdorf.
He trained at Kurtekotten, a youth-training centre regarded as one of the best in Germany in the early 2000s.
Before long, he had earned the nickname “Alleskönner” which translates as Jack of all trades.
By 15, Havertz was promoted into Leverkusen’s Under-17 team, helping them win a national youth title and ending a 25-year drought.
A star was about to be born.
On October 15, 2016 history was made.
A fresher-faced Havertz strolled on to the pitch as a sub in a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen.
Aged 17 years and 126 days, he became Leverkusen’s youngest ever debutant.
Four months later, he recorded his first assist for teammate Karim Bellarabi, in what was the 50,000th goal scored in the Bundesliga.