INTERVIEW: ‘I know he is hungry to score goals and make assists’ – Lampard on Kai Havertz

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Excitement is one perfect word to qualify how Frank Lampard feels after successfully adding Kai Havertz to his squad and can’t wait to deploy the talents of the 21-year-old.

Chelsea get set to battle their opening day opponent, Brighton and Kai Havertz will possibly make a debut on the game after the Blues manager shared his thoughts on the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

While speaking to the club’s official website, Lampard said, “Kai Havertz is a really exciting signing for myself and for the club first and foremost,”

“He [Kai Havertz] is a player I have been aware of for a long time and as a fellow attacking midfield player, I have paid particular attention to those type of players for some time.

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“I was aware of his talent and in conjunction with the club, we know how we want to go forward and look to improve in the right areas, and for players who are going to be here hopefully to improve and mature, but are already at a very high level, he absolutely fitted the bill for us, so I am delighted to have him”

When asked about the player being compared to him [Lampard] and former Blues midfielder, Michael Ballack due to his goal scoring prowess, Lampard said, “It is very easy to make those comparisons”

“I know he is hungry to score goals and make assists so I have already had those conversations with him, but I do think we are quite different in our styles.”

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“Kai Havertz can probably start in more forward areas than I started in. I liked to come from deep as a midfield player, and a lot of Kai’s really good play in the last few seasons as he has broken through at Leverkusen has been in a slightly advanced no.10 role, or slightly wider areas or more in a striker kind of area of late.

“So I think there are differences in our game and styles but in terms of what we try to bring to the team, it is pretty similar in terms of productivity in goals and assists.

“Michael Ballack was a a good player for us in terms of what he contributed and we have all got really good memories of Bally when he was at the club and what he did for us, but Kai Havertz is going to be his own player and his own person.

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“He has his own style and he is very unique in terms of that, which really excites me to work with him, in terms of him going forward.”

“On his personality, I have been absolutely overwhelmed with how humble and down to earth he is,” Lampard continued when asked about the player having his own identity on the pitch.

“And how well he wants to do here, and how he is very excited with the challenge. He wants to come here and be a top player for Chelsea, and really prove his talents on this stage.

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“That to me Kai Havertz been one of the most exciting things, not just to be excited about him arriving as a top talent, but to see his mentality as he has come in. That gives a really good feeling about how his career is going to be at Chelsea.”

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