Frank Lampard shuts down question about ‘top player’ Kai Havertz

Date published: Wednesday 24th June 2020 2:27

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard refused to open up on speculation linking his side with a move for Kai Havertz in his press conference on Tuesday.

Reports claim the Blues want Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Havertz as part of an exciting summer of spending.

Chelsea, who were quiet in January after last summer’s transfer ban, agreed a deal with Timo Werner earlier this month.

Asked about Havertz, Lampard said: “He’s obviously a top player, but to carry on from my answer before I’m certainly not going to comment on other players at other teams.

“And it cannot be our focus. So, nothing to say.”

When pressed on any bids being made, he added: “No. No bids have gone in.”

Asked how many more recruits Chelsea will chase this summer, Lampard continued: “I don’t know, because we have the games we need to complete before the window opens.

“That’s something we’ll broach when it comes around. So for the minute our only focus can be on the games in hand.”

 

Reports say Manchester United and Real Madrid also want Havertz, who is worth upwards of £70million.

The 21-year-old has already made 146 appearances for Leverkusen, after making his breakthrough four years ago.

In that time, the German has contributed to 75 goals, including six goals and one assist since the Bundesliga resumed in May.

LAMPARD PLEASED TO TIE DOWN WILLIAN, PEDRO

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Lampard added that he is delighted that Willian and Pedro have agreed short-term extensions to their contracts.

The attacking pair were due to leave on Tuesday, but will now see out the protracted season.

“I’m pleased. Negotiations were relatively easy, because both sides wanted the same thing, the two players wanted to make sure they could see the season out with us,” Lampard said.

“At this point we need them in the squad they are both important players for us, so I’m happy.”

Lampard refused to comment, however, on whether the pair will stay with Chelsea next season.

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