Kai Havertz aims to emulate Frank Lampard at Chelsea despite slow start

Ambitious Kai Havertz wants to measure himself against Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and become a Blues legend.

Havertz, who is currently recovering from a positive Coronavirus test, was sold on a £71m move to Stamford Bridge this summer by the former England great.

And the 21-year-old former Bayer Leverkusen star insists he wants to follow in Lampard’s footsteps when it comes to scoring goals from midfield.

Havertz said: “I was always impressed with his scoring threat. I found that outstanding for a midfielder. That’s what I want to measure myself against.

“The fact that he was so successful and at the same time so personable impresses me.”

Havertz has some way to go to catch Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time record scorer with 211 goals.

But after a difficult start to his Blues career as he settled in to life in England, the versatile Germany forward now has four goals in his first ten games in all competitions.

Lampard was also a well-known creator as well as finisher, with his 102 assists ranking fourth all-time in the Premier League.

And Havertz admits he wants to get better at that side of the game too as he bids to strike up a deadly double act with international team-mate Timo Werner.

Havertz, who has created three goals for Chelsea so far, said: “I help Timo with good passes on the pitch and, at the beginning, he helped me out with a lift to the training ground!

“We do a lot of things together and this helps a lot but we also have to do our own things to fully settle here. For me, the move to England is also an important step for my personal development.”

Havertz has missed Chelsea’s last two matches after testing positive but hopes to be back in action after the international break.

European heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich both wanted to sign him in the last transfer window.

But Havertz claims the chance to be part of Lampard’s vision of a young, hungry and exciting Chelsea team was too good to turn down.

He said: “It was important for me to have a club with a vision. An exciting change is taking place.

“A transfer like this doesn’t happen overnight. I had to go through all options and things that are important to me.

“I was watching a lot of Premier League football on TV so I knew Chelsea really well. We’re a young team with many great players and we think offensively.

“We want to build something and attack, which motivates me a lot. A title with Chelsea is just worth a lot more.”

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