‘Hard to say no’ – Chelsea star makes Bayern admission as Tuchel ‘agrees club stance’

Will Ford
Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel enters a press conference

Chelsea star Kai Havertz has admited that Bayern Munich would be “hard to say not to” if they came calling.

Reports linking Havertz with a move to the Bundesliga giants have increased in recent days following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club.

Tuchel is a big admirer of the Germany international from his time at Chelsea and there have been suggestions he would look to sign the 23-year-old in the summer.

Havertz told Sport Bild (via GOAL): “Bayern are generally a huge club that it’s hard to say no to as a German player, but my personal goal has always been to play abroad at some point. In England or Spain.”

Tuchel’s reported interest in the player is not a surprise and Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk claims Havertz’s possible signing was one of the first topics discussed between Tuchel and Bayern chiefs.

But Falk claims both parties have agreed there is no place for Havertz in the current squad. Robert Lewandowski left Bayern last summer to join Barcelona on a free transfer.

In an interview with The Guardian on Wednesday, Havertz reflected on the Chelsea ownership change and the influx of new players, before revealing the pressure that came with his big price tag.

“As a player, you don’t notice the ownership change so much but we have a new team, new manager, new staff. A completely new changing room, so many personalities.

“You have to adapt, build a relationship. I played with Jorginho for two and a half years, he changed next to me, I loved being with him and then …

“He calls me one evening and says: ‘I’m gone.’ I was like: ‘What the? How is this possible?’ This is how quick things change. It’s a human thing. You just have to accept it, it’s football. It’s my sixth year as a professional and my seventh coach: in Germany I had four or five and it’s three at Chelsea.

“A dozen players arrived since the summer; it’s not easy. Enzo [Fernández] and [Mykhailo] Mudryk have come for a lot of money and they’re only [22], you know? You cannot expect them to be Neymar straight away. It’s like me: it takes time.”

“For me the price was a big thing,” admits Havertz, who joined Chelsea for £72m from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020. “I was Chelsea’s most expensive player.

“I don’t understand how so much money is paid but it is normal in football: look at our recent transfers. That brings pressure because people think you are Messi.

“I was still 20, 21. People don’t see that; they see the price so you have to be great from day one. You can feel it, the tension. You read it, hear it. I came during Covid.”

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