New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has sent a heartwarming message to fans after completing his £75.8m switch from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
Chelsea yesterday announced the signing of Havertz on a five-year deal, becoming Frank Lampard’s seventh signing of the summer.
The Germany international joins compatriot Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba.
“I am very happy and proud to be here,” Havertz said. “For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!”
The 21-year-old midfielder says he is fulfilling his childhood dream of playing for Chelsea.
“I couldn’t be prouder and feel more privileged to join Chelsea Football Club. Yesterday marked the day of my childhood dreams coming true,” Haverts in a message to Chelsea fans.
“I can’t wait to be wearing blue and playing at Stamford Bridge hopefully in front of all our incredible fans soon.
“See you around in London! Stay safe and health.”
Havertz was in Stuttgart with Germany’s squad for their UEFA Nations League fixtures, having been an unused substitute as they drew 1-1 with Spain on Thursday night.
Both Bayer Leverkusen and Germany confirmed Havertz’s departure on Friday morning, with the club thanking the national side for cooperating.
As part of the deal, Chelsea have offered Leverkusen the chance to sign one of their summer arrivals, Sarr, on loan for the season.
Havertz has spent his entire career at Bayer Leverkusen, contributing an impressive 36 goals and 25 assists in just 118 Bundesliga appearances since making his debut in October 2016.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea.
“He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent.
“We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.”
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