Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz will join Bayern Munich in 2020, according to the club’s former sporting director.
Havertz, 19, enjoyed a sensational season for Leverkusen in the 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 17 goals – a Bundesliga record for a teenager.
Will Havertz join Bayern? Five key things to know…
- Bayern Munich are looking to refresh their squad this summer after winning another Bundesliga title.
- The club are allowing elder statesmen Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to leave on free transfers.
- Bayern have been Linked with Leroy Sane, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz as potential replacements.
- But Bayer Leverkusen’s former sporting director believes the club will hold onto Havertz for another season.
- In the 2018/19 season, Havertz became the first-ever teenager to score 17 goals in a single Bundesliga season.
That form has seen the teenager linked with a move away from Leverkusen, with Bayern Munich understandably one of the favourites to get Havertz’s signature.
In the past, Bayern have been known to sweep up young prospects from their rival German teams, with the steady stream of Champions League football they have on offer. Havertz would also play into Bayern’s plans for a younger team as they look to start a new era at the Allianz Arena, post-Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
But according to Leverkusen’s former sporting director, Reiner Calmund, Bayern will have to wait a year.
“Kai Havertz will go to Bayern next year, not this year,” Calmund told Bild.
“He will not move. Leverkusen want to enjoy him a bit longer but he’ll move on. Hopefully, he stays in Germany, and the club that can do that is Bayern.”
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Bosz hoping Champions League football can help Leverkusen keep key players
Although Calmund appears certain Havertz will leave Bayer Leverkusen next summer, current manager Peter Bosz is hoping the club’s return to Champions League football will help them keep their key players.
Speaking after the end of the Bundesliga season, Bosz said: “Yes, it’s a better chance [of Leverkusen keeping both players].
“I don’t know. Kai will stay, for sure. And Julian [Brandt], I hope he will stay. Every player wants to play at the highest level and we have the chance next season to play at the highest level.
“We’re looking forward to it. Not only in the Champions League but also the Bundesliga.
“Our goal will be to be better than this season and therefore we have to work harder than this season and be more clear about how we want to play. It’s a big achievement.”
However, his hopes of Brandt remaining at the club were short-lived, with Borussia Dortmund announcing the German as their new signing on Wednesday.