Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger makes contact with Kai Havertz as transfer edges closer

Antonio Rudiger is up to his old tricks once again by trying to convince another of his Germany international team-mates to join him at Chelsea as Frank Lampard edges ever closer to securing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

Havertz has told club bosses that he wishes to leave after Leverkusen missed out on Champions League football.

Chelsea are thought to be at the front of the queue but will not pay more than £70million for the versatile midfielder.

Leverkusen are holding out for a fee in the region of £90m but all parties are confident that a deal will be struck.

According to Bild, Rudiger has reached out to Havertz to convince him that his future should lie at Stamford Bridge.

The centre-back made a similar gesture when the Blues were trying to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Rudiger was recently asked if he would like Havertz to link up with him domestically next season.

“Kai is talented, when I saw him train with the Germany national team I was like, ‘wow!’,” he replied.

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

A host of top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United have been keeping tabs on Havertz.

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But the same could be said about Werner, whom Rudiger gave a glowing recommendation.

“Of course I was asked by Chelsea for an assessment of Timo,” he said. “I have known him for a long time and think that I can judge him very well from a human and sporting point of view.

“Accordingly, I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him.

“From next season, Timo will have to deliver, otherwise I will get in trouble from the club again afterwards.

“Although he is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness to face the English toughness.

“Timo’s greatest strength is the counterattack – that might have been more difficult for Bayern or an Italian top team, who are always dealing with very low opponents.

“But in the Premier League, many teams outside of the top group are trying to cheerfully play against us.”

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