German legend Franz Beckenbauer said Kai Havertz has developed a lot at Chelsea but insisted the versatile attacker could have joined Bayern Munich instead last summer.
It is quite well known, actually, that Bayern had also been interested in the 22-year-old prior to his eventual move to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of around £70m a year ago (Goal).
Bayern president Uli Hoeness confirmed that they pulled out of the race for Havertz back in August due to the financial situation at the time.
Bear in mind, at the time, they had just signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
“That has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz,” the Bayern chief told German newspaper FAZ last year.
“We all think he is a very, very good player.
“But in the Corona period after a transfer of almost €50 million, I can’t imagine making one of €70, 80m or more unless we secure counter-financing through player sales.”
Chelsea, on the other hand, just had a transfer ban in summer 2019 and a surprisingly quiet transfer window the following winter and therefore had plenty of budgets to spend.
Beckenbauer seems to be pleased about how Havertz has developed since leaving his boyhood club Bayer Leverkusen.
“Havertz has really developed a lot,” the German football icon told German outlet Sportbuzzer.
“I hope he is well-advised and goes his way without being influenced.”
Asked whether moving to Chelsea instead of Bayern Munich was the right decision for the talented forward, Beckenbauer said: “Yes well, it certainly wouldn’t have been wrong if he had gone to Bayern [laughs].
“In London, however, he has it a bit quieter.
“In Germany, all football fans would be watching his every move.”
Well, “quiet” is a relative term.
Havertz might have not been put under a microscope by the German media, but still had to deal with English media instead.
The Germany international even recently spoke about how harsh headlines from the English press affect him at times.