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Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz is the best player in Germany, says Bundesliga coach

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:20, 22 August 2019

Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Friedhelm Funkel has described Kai Havertz as the “best” player in Germany.

The 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is enjoying a fourth professional season at the BayArena.

Since breaking through in October 2016, he’s quickly established himself as one of European football’s most exciting prospects, and has subsequently been linked with the continent’s most powerful clubs including regional giants Bayern Munich.

Last season proved to be his most productive campaign to date, having registered 20 goals and seven assists in 42 matches. In the process he earned a first international cap for Germany at home to Peru in September 2018, before playing twice more against Russia and Serbia.

He’s continued where he left off this season, registering a goal in Bayer’s opening weekend victory over SC Paderborn 07, and looking ahead to Peter Bosz’s men visit, Fortuna Dusseldorf boss Funkel says Havertz ranks among the league’s finest players.

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“Leverkusen has incredible offensive potential and Kai Havertz is currently the best player in Germany,” he told Sky Sports in Germany.

“But if we can find the right balance between compactness and offense, then we have a chance against Leverkusen as well.”

Believe the Havertz hype? Five key things to know…

  • Kai Havertz broke thought at Bayer Leverkusen in October 2016 against against Werder Bremen.
  • In the process he became the club’s youngest ever Bundesliga debutante at 17 years and 126 days old.
  • He’s since made 107 appearances, registering 30 goals and 22 assists.
  • A number of clubs – including Barcelona, Liverpool, Man Utd, Bayern Munich – have been heavily linked with him.
  • Havertz, so far, has three senior Germany international caps to his name.