Kai Havertz endured a mixed first season at Stamford Bridge but has impressed at Euro 2020 for Germany.
Kai Havertz admits he and Germany teammates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger will likely be in contact with England stars and Chelsea colleagues Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2020 round of 16 game between the two countries.
Havertz has established himself as one of Die Mannschaft’s standout performers during the group stage of the tournament, with the 22-year-old having been involved in four of Germany’s six goals.
Rudiger, meanwhile, has been an ever-present on the left of Joachim Low’s back three while Werner has only been used as an impact substitute
For England, Mount started the opening two group fixtures but was forced to self-isolate alongside Chilwell for ten days after speaking to Blues teammate Billy Gilmour – who tested positive for Covid-19 – after the 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley.
That isolation will come to an end tonight and there is a chance that Mount could still start the clash against Germany. Reece James, who played 90 minutes against Scotland, is also in contention to make his second appearance of the competition.
England’s journey to the round of 16 was far smoother than Germany’s. Were it not for a late goal against Hungary from Leon Goretzka, Low’s side would’ve exited at the group stage.
Yet given the historic rivalry that exists between the two countries, form will likely go out of the window tomorrow evening.
And Havertz has admitted that ahead of the game, there will likely be messages exchanged between the Chelsea stars before they do battle on the pitch.
“Timo, Toni, and I get on very well with the three Chelsea players [in the England squad], so there is always contact,” Havertz said during his press conference on Sunday.
“It’s clear that you sometimes have a chat or two before the game. It’s not like we’re in contact every day, but before a game like this, you sometimes write each other text messages.”
Havertz went into Euro 2020 off the back of scoring Chelsea’s winner in the Champions League final against Man City. It was the ideal way for the forward to end what had been a tricky first season at Stamford Bridge.
Signed from Bayer Leverkusen last summer for £70million, there was an expectation that Havertz, alongside Werner, would transform the Blues from top-four hopefuls to Premier League title challengers. That didn’t happen.
Havertz was first used in midfield by Frank Lampard before contracting Covid-19 in November. The virus left him bed-ridden for a week and the German international has admitted he was feeling the aftereffects for more than a month.
“It took some time – four or five weeks – before I was able to feel 100% on the training ground again. During that time it hits you very hard, so the aftereffects were very hard.”
The restrictions put in place across the United Kingdom due to the pandemic also made it difficult to acclimate to life in England for Havertz. His daily routine involved attending training at Cobham and then heading home. There was little chance to explore London.
Yet Havertz hopes that changes in the years ahead, which perhaps gives an indication that he will happily remain at Chelsea long term.
“I haven’t seen that much of London yet,” he said. “After training, you are happy when you are at home and can spend the day at home. But I hope that London will give me a lot of fun in the years to come.”