Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has admitted that he has been persuading Kai Havertz to join Chelsea; similar to how he helped with the Timo Werner move.
Rudiger, Werner and Havertz are in Stuttgart with the rest of Germany’s squad ahead of their UEFA Nations League match against Spain on Thursday and Switzerland on Sunday.
Along with Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule, the Chelsea pair have been tasked with the press conference this afternoon, and unsurprisingly there was a question about Havertz’s reported Chelsea transfer.
Asked whether he is also luring Havertz to join Chelsea, Rudiger told the media (as quoted by Sport1): “Everything went well with Timo Werner, so I made my contribution.
“And I hope that it works again [with Havertz] now.”
The centre-back played a major part in convincing Werner, as the former RB Leipzig ace said they had a lot of conversations about Chelsea prior to his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
“I asked him [Rudiger] what it’s like, what the environment is like, what the coach is like,” Werner told Leipzig’s YouTube channel back in July.
“He was positive about it all. It would have been strange for him to say different, though!
“He was full of praise. He said that the city was incredible and that you can only be happy there.
“So it was useful to be able to talk to him, and he really helped me in making my decision.”
Havertz could have similar conversations with Rudiger since, according to a recent report from the Guardian, Chelsea and Leverkusen have agreed on an initial fee of £72million with £9m + £9m in add-ons for the versatile midfielder.