KAI HAVERTZ has stated his aim to become Chelsea’s new Frank Lampard – after shaking off a bout of Covid-19.
The German international has made a slow start to life with the Blues following his £72million move from Bayer Leverkusen.
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Kai Havertz made a slow start to his Premier League career before testing positive for coronavirus
Attacking midfielder Havertz has netted just one goal in seven Premier League appearances, plus a Carabao Cup hat-trick against Barnsley.
The 21-year-old tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.
But Havertz has since recovered and wants to emulate Blues boss Lampard – the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
He told SportBild magazine: “I now feel better once more. You can’t underestimate what coronavirus is like.
“It’s important for everyone to understand that it is no laughing matter. We need to take care of one another.
“I have always remembered how dangerous Frank Lampard used to be in front of goal.
“I thought he had an outstanding record for a midfielder – and I want to use him as a benchmark.
“I’m also impressed by the fact that he has been such a likeable guy despite all his successes.
“I joined Chelsea because it was important for me to be at a club with a vision.
“There’s an exciting revolution going on at the club. We are a young team, with lots of great players.
“We have an attacking mindset, we want to create something and challenge for honours – and that motivates me a great deal.
“I can’t do anything about the size of my transfer fee. That is how the market works, and I don’t concern myself too much about it.
“I try to play well. I don’t think about how much I cost when I go out onto the pitch.”
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