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  1. Statements from our managing director Rudi Völler today in kicker: "Regarding Kai, there is no decision yet. I´m repeating myself, if I emphasize that we´re talking about a wonderful footballer here. There is no update on him. It is communicated clearly and consensual with him and his agents that he can only leave the club under certain conditions. Otherwise, he´ll stay." Free translation by me. Pretty clear that we are still insisting on 100m € and there is no room for negotiation. But probably you won´t read any of this from the so-called insider journalists like Romano and so on....
  2. I think I compared Kai to Özils body language when I wrote here a few weeks ago. So, since some are wondering: Yes, his body language is like that practically every game, not just in the 2 europa league games you guys have watched.
  3. I wrote something about him a few pages ago in this thread. You should find it in my post history. But to briefly elaborate on your questions: Strengths: Unbelievable composure on the ball, especially at his age. Ball control, vision in the final third, a player that makes the right decision 90% of the time. Very rarely loses possession. Great finishing, he likes to make runs into the box from central midfield and scores a lot from there. He´s also tall and wins many headers, can also play as a holding player due to his skillset. Weaknesses: Sometimes a bit too careless/arrogant on the ball. Not good in 1 vs. 1 dribbling, even tho he tries it quite often. Since Peter Bosz came in, we have been a high pressing team and Kai was a part of that. I wouldn´t necessarily say that he is a particularly good presser or something. Stats-wise, he covered the most ground for us all season but on the pitch sometimes his body language is a bit reminiscent to Mesut Özil, when a game doesn´t go his way. He is one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga but only at full speed. Definitely not a "pacey" winger, his acceleration just isn´t that great, mainly because he is nearly 1,90 m. But he can win running duels. Physically he has improved a lot since he debuted with 17. Put on some muscle over the years and is a tall guy. Shouldn´t have a problem. He played for us as a number 8 in the 18/19 system alongisde Julian Brandt and he scored 17 goals from there and definitely had his best run of form for us. I wrote a little bit about that in my previous post. But to answer shortly: Yes, that position suits him 100%.
  4. I wrote here a few weeks ago, that there won´t be a discount and it seems like Fabrizio and other media outlets confirming it. 55 + add ons is quite laughable and not realistic at all. Either Chelsea pays up or no deal will happen, we are not desperate to sell Havertz this summer. Think, this thing will stretch out a bit and Chelsea will end up paying the 90m $.
  5. Pretty sure. After our cup final last saturday, Rudi Völler, who´s our managing director, said again that there won´t be a "corona discount". A few weeks ago, it was reported in Germany that we rejected a 70m bid from Real Madrid and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said before the cup final on live television that Bayern won´t go for Havertz this summer because they don´t have the funds after the Sané deal. Those things for me at least indicate that we pretty much insist on a certain price and that price would be 90m pounds. As far as the Champions League goes, well it certainly hasn´t improved our chances of keeping Kai for 1 more season. But I doubt that it will have much impact on the prize tag. Our bosses spoke with him last summer and Kai knows that he can leave if a fee is agreed that meets our expectations. That is pretty much confirmed since 12 months. Of course our bosses want the highest fee possible and I wouldn´t exclude the possibility completely that we might sell him for a few millions less, but at this point, I doubt it. Völler recently said "We have an agreement. I personally hope that he stays one more year. If it fits, he could also leave this summer." I am not too familiar with Chelseas financial situation atm, but I guess after your transfer ban you have a few resources. Let´s see. Oh, and we might still qualify for Champions League if we win the Europe League, but as I said, I doubt it will have impact on the prize tag.
  6. So, I have way too much free time on my hands right now and decided to create this account for the sole purpose of addressing a few things about the Havertz rumour from a different perspective that migh be of interest. Mainly because I think a lot of stuff going around at social media is complete nonsense. I am a Bayer Leverkusen supporter since 17 years and have watched every game Kai played in. I can say for sure that he is certainly the best talent I have ever seen at our club. He´s a unique player with a very unique skillset. Although he scores a lot, his scoring record overshadows his real strenghts a bit in the media and people who never watched him play might judge him purely on that. Kai is an extremely intelligent player with a lot of calmness on the ball. When he gets the ball in a holding position you can be quite sure that he won´t lose it, his first touch is great and he has great vision for through balls and switching the play. When he´s playing as a number 8 or 10 he has a very good timing for runs into the box, thats how he scored most of his goals here (apart from some penalties as well). The second half of the 18/19 season he played as numer 8 next to Julian Brandt who left us for Dortmund last summer. The two of them were brilliant together, creating a lot of chances by receiving the ball in the spaces between midfield and defense of the opponent. This season, our main striker got injured for a few months and Kai played as a sole striker, probably not his best position but he scored from there too, his skillset really qualifies him for any position in the final third apart from wide positions because he lacks pace for that. So far about the player himself, now on to a few other things: Christian Falk is NOT a reliable source, the accuracy of his reports is quite poor and pretty much laughed at in Germany. Lately he confirmed that Thiago will definetly sign a new contract at Bayern, which obviously wont happen now. His latest reports are also wrong: Havertz doesn´t need to ask for a permission to leave. It was clearly communicated last year already that he can leave this summer if a club meets our expectations in terms of the transfer fee. Right now, the whole team is on vacation and Havertz will talk with our bosses in two weeks when he returns to prepare for the Europa League. There simply are no talks right now. Today I have seen a lot of english media picking up on this report and it´s just completely false. Havertz hasn´t said anything so far, not to the media and not even to our bosses. So you can basically ignore all the reports that are citing Falk or Sport Bild in general. They reported several times that Havertz is definetely going to Bayern for sure and that only changed after Bayerns boss said last week that they won´t be able to fund the transfer this summer financially. Rudi Völler and our board said numerous times that we won´t let Havertz go for under 100 million € (or 90m pounds). I believe that the reports are true that Chelsea is preparing a bid, let´s see how far they will go with it. But thats the price you need to expect and I doubt our board will engage in negotiations that would lower that price. Sorry for the rusty english.

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