Chelsea midfielder Kai Huertz has admitted he is delighted to be given the chance to emulate childhood hero Michael Ball by moving to Stamford Bridge.
After months of negotiations, Chelsea finally agreed an initial £62m deal to lure Havertz away from Bayer Leverkusen, with manager Frank Lampard eager to add the 21-year-old to his youth squad.
Havertz was Chelsea’s biggest signing of the summer / Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
He had already been tracked down at Chelsea by the time Havertz arrived, having watched Black tear it up for the Blues between 2006 and 2010, and admitted (via the club’s official website) that he had Many of the games focus on their heroes.
“Balk was a great player and he also played for Leverkusen and Bayern Munich and when I was young he was always like a hero,” he said. “I liked him a lot as a player and he played my position.
“He was a player who scored many, many goals and of course I try to score like him. I am grateful to play at the club he played for.”
Ballack enjoyed four great years at Chelsea / Michael Regan / Getty Images
Ballack wasn’t the only Chelsea midfielder to encourage Havertz’s decision. The midfielder also admitted that Lampard, who formed a dominant duo with Ballack during his playing career, played a huge role in convincing him to make the move.
“The coach had a big influence on my decision,” Havartz added. “I’ve loved Chelsea my whole life and I’ve always loved the team as a kid, so it wasn’t a very difficult decision for me.
Havertz is excited to be working with Lampard/Pool/Getty Images.
“Chelsea is a big club and I am very thankful and grateful to be here now. It is a big project here and I love playing with young players.”
Lampard spoke highly of Havertz recently, insisting he is confident the young German has what it takes to become a real star at the Bridge.
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