Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger praised Kai Havertz’s season at Leverkusen and spoke about his role in Timo Werner’s transfer.
The Blues have begun talks with Bayer Leverkusen over the transfer fee to bring Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge according to a recent report from the Telegraph.
Although Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller suggested there has not been any agreement between the two clubs (Kicker), Chelsea will have plenty of time for negotiations before the Premier League transfer window closes on October 5.
Interestingly, Chelsea centre-back, and Havertz’s teammate for Germany, Rudiger said he did not know about the widely spread transfer rumours, although he also praised Havertz’s performances this season.
While smiling, he told Goal: “Has he [Havertz] been linked with us? He is a great talent and he had a very good season.
“He is also very young and we will see what happens [with his future].”
Rudiger has earned a new nickname, “Agent Rudiger”, on social media after the reports about his role in convincing Timo Werner to join Chelsea.
“My friends told me about it [about the nickname] but I just tried to help out because everyone knows and can read about how we played together,” said Rudiger.
“There’s a bond, so I just did what I had to do. We spoke a lot during the lock-down and I have known him for a long time through playing in the national team and at Stuttgart together.”
The Germany international also said he is happy that Werner has followed his footsteps in leaving Germany and going to the UK.
He feels that he has the responsibility to help Werner adapt to his new environment since he is one of those who made the transfer possible in the first place.
“I was one of the people who helped convince him to come here so it is also my job to help him [settle in],” the defender added.
“Of course, we speak the same language but he does speak very good English too.
“The thing is, with this job, and as a team, we all have to help him. We will do that for him.”