Report: Antonio Rudiger in contact with Kai Havertz in bid to convince him to move to Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger is trying to convince Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz to make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports in Germany.

The Blues defender played a major role in convincing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner to sign for the club, who pulled off a major coup by landing the German star for £53million.

And according to German Newspaper BILD, claims Antonio Rudiger has not stopped there and is now on a new mission to try to convince another one his compatriots who has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, 21-year-old Havertz, to help reinforce Frank Lampard’s attacking options ahead of next campaign.

The German outlets adds that the 27-year-old centre-back has been in contact with the Leverkusen midfielder over the last fortnight.

Earlier of this week the same reports, claimed that Havertz has told Leverkusen chief his desire to leave BayArena this summer after Rudiger admitted that he would like to see Germany team-mate in a Chelsea shirt next season.

The former Stuttgart centre-back has been a fan of Havertz ever since observing him during a training session on international duty.

Asked about Chelsea transfer target Havertz, Rudiger told Sky Germany: ‘Kai is talented, when I saw him train with the Germany national team I was like, ‘wow!’

‘I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t want him at Chelsea.’

Rudiger also revealed last month that he had played a huge part in signing Werner, having known the striker since the age of 17.

‘I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time,’ Rudiger said.

‘We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do.

‘I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better.

‘I hope he adapts quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.’

Havertz enjoyed a brilliant season with Bayer – scoring 17 goals and contributing nine assists in 43 games across all competitions.

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