'Already': Kai Havertz says he's been blown away by the pace of one Chelsea player in training this pre-season

Kai Havertz has highlighted Raheem Sterling for his instant impact in Chelsea training this pre-season.

The German was talking to The Athletic, where he claimed that the pace of the England international has already blown him away.

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The 27-year-old has been beginning to settle into his football as a Chelsea player, joining up with his new teammates last week as he prepares for his first season as a Blue.

Despite not being involved in the club’s opening friendly victory over Club America, it is likely to not be long before he is featuring as the tour of the United States continues.

It appears he has already made an impact on his teammates too, with Havertz claiming that his unmatched speed is a trait that may help them the most.

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Havertz blown away by Sterling

He told the Athletic: “In every game, you can see his ability. The game against England at the Euros, he played well. You can see his quality here already and it’s been just a few days. You can see in training how good he is, how fast he is. He is definitely going to help us.

“I saw a stat about him that he has had the most goals and assists for Man City in the last five years or something like that. That tells the whole story of him. He was a great player for City and the national team as well — hopefully, he can keep up his level. For me and everyone, he is going to help.”

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While Sterling could be the key to the Blues looking to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool, the upcoming campaign poses a big opportunity for Havertz to finally establish himself properly to Chelsea fans.

With Armando Broja looking likely to leave, the path to the central attacking role looks clear for the German, with him needing to up his consistency in front of goal if the club are to build on last season.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.