‘From day one’: Kai Havertz names the Chelsea teammate who’s been brilliant with him since the start

Kai Havertz hailed Cesar Azpilicueta for watching over him throughout his time at Chelsea.

As quoted by the 5th Stand, Havertz thanked the club captain’s commitment to making his stay at Stamford Bridge worthwhile.

Everybody adores Azpilicueta

The German international is certainly not the first, nor will he be the last, to have a comforting arm around the shoulder from the skipper.

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Azpilicueta has acted as a wonderful example to any academy products coming through the ranks at Cobham, or those arriving from another team.

His exemplary professionalism and attitude is often spoken about alongside the defender’s excellency on the pitch.

So many have learned from the 32-year-old, both as a player and human away from the pitch.

“Azpi is just a great person and captain who I really appreciate,” said Havertz.

“He helped me from day one and made it easier for me to arrive.”

The life of Kai

It can’t have been a straightforward transition for the young attacker when he joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020.

Havertz landed in London during the pandemic, meaning socialising with teammates was cut to a minimum.

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He couldn’t explore the city to its fullest or immerse himself in a new culture.

Not many 21-year-olds move across the continent to start a new chapter, but that is the reality for a talented footballer.

His form on the field probably didn’t help matters either.

Aside from a hattrick against Barnsley on his third appearance, Havertz only scored once in 21 matches for Chelsea before netting again in the FA Cup last January.

A bout of covid knocked the wind out of his sails, coupled with a few niggling injuries.

Even Thomas Tuchel’s uplifting appointment failed to fully drag the former Bayer Leverkusen gem from this slump.

Chelsea comrade in arms

Whilst there are still inconsistencies in his game, it is clear Havertz has regained some of the confidence that made him such an enthralling transfer in this first place.

Take the penalty in the Club World Cup final, for example.

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Interestingly, Azpilicueta played a significant part in the German’s 117th-minute dispatch from 12 yards.

Just after the spot-kick was awarded, the full-back grabbed the ball as if he was about to take the shot, drawing attention away from Havertz.

The result ended with Chelsea winning the competition.

And now we know why Kai loves Azpi so much!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.