Kai Lukas HavertzÂ (born 11 June 1999) is a German professionalÂ footballerÂ who plays as anÂ attacking midfielderÂ orÂ right wingerÂ forÂ Premier LeagueÂ clubÂ ChelseaÂ and theÂ German national team.
Upon making his debut for Leverkusen in 2016, Havertz became the club’s then youngest-ever debutant in theÂ Bundesliga, and he became their youngest-ever goalscorer when he scored his first goal the following year. He is also the youngest player to reach the milestones of 50 and 100 league appearances in the German top flight.
Born inÂ Aachen, Germany, Havertz received his first experience in football at the age of four when he joined amateur side Alemannia Mariadorf, where his grandfather, Richard, was chairman of the club.Â In 2009, he was signed byÂ second divisionÂ sideÂ Alemannia AachenÂ where he spent only a year in the club’s academy before joining Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 11.Â In the years that followed, he had to overcome the challenges associated with growth spurts and in 2016, after scoring 18 goals for the club’s U-17 side, he was awarded the silver U-17Â Fritz Walter MedalÂ before breaking into Leverkusen’s senior side the following year.
Havertz made his debut for Bayer Leverkusen on 15 October 2016, coming on as a second-halfÂ substituteÂ forÂ Charles ArÃ¡nguizÂ in a 2â€“1 Bundesliga loss toÂ Werder Bremen. Upon entering the field of play, he became the club’s youngest-ever Bundesliga debutant, at the age of 17 years and 126 days, although his record was broken (by 111 days) byÂ Florian WirtzÂ in 2020.Â On 17 February 2017, heÂ assistedÂ teammateÂ Karim BellarabiÂ to score the 50,000th Bundesliga goal.Â Four days later, following the suspension of teammateÂ Hakan Ã‡alhanoÄŸlu, he was handed his firstÂ Champions LeagueÂ start in the first leg of a round of 16 loss toÂ AtlÃ©tico Madrid.Â He was ruled out of the return leg of the fixture in March, however, as the match clashed with the examinations period at his school.Â He scored his first goal for the club on 2 April, netting a later equalizer in a 3â€“3 draw withÂ VfL Wolfsburg.Â Upon doing so, Havertz broke another club record to become Leverkusen’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga, at the age of 17.Â He ultimately made 28 appearances across all competitions and scored four goals, including a brace againstÂ Hertha BSCÂ on the final day of the season, as Leverkusen ended the campaign in 12th position.
On 14 April 2018, Havertz became the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga to reach 50 appearances at 18 years and 307 days old, breaking the record previously held byÂ Timo Werner.Â He went on to end his second full campaign with the club with 30 league appearances and three goals to his name as Leverkusen ended the season in fifth place.
Havertz continued to impress during the following season, despite Leverkusen initially struggling in the league, and by the mid-way point of the campaign was the only player to have started every match for the club, scoring six goals along the way.Â On 20 September 2018, Havertz scored his first two goals in European competitions in a 3â€“2 win againstÂ Ludogorets RazgradÂ in theÂ 2018â€“19 UEFA Europa League.Â On 26 January 2019, he became Leverkusen’s youngest-everÂ penaltyÂ scorer when he scored from the spot in a 3â€“0 league win over Wolfsburg, aged 19 years, seven months and 16 days.Â The following month, he became the second youngest-ever player to achieve 75 Bundesliga appearances, behindÂ Julian Draxler, when he started and scored in a 2â€“0 win overÂ Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf.Â On 13 April, he scored on his 100th appearance for Leverkusen to help the club to a 1â€“0 league win overÂ Stuttgart. The goal, his 13th for the campaign, also saw him become the youngest player since Stuttgart’s ownÂ Horst KÃ¶ppelÂ inÂ 1967â€“68Â to score 13 goals in a single league season.Â On 5 May, he scored his 15th goal of the campaign during a 6â€“1 win overÂ Eintracht Frankfurt; a match which for the first time ever saw seven goals scored in the first half of a Bundesliga match.Â On the final day of the season, he became the highest scoring teenager in a single Bundesliga campaign when he scored his 17th goal during a 5â€“1 win overÂ Hertha BSC.Â At the end of the season, he was named runner-up toÂ Marco ReusÂ for theÂ German Footballer of the YearÂ award, losing out by just 37 votes.
On the opening day of theÂ 2019â€“20 campaign, Havertz scored in Leverkusen’s 3â€“2 win overÂ Paderborn, becoming the second-youngest player of all time behind KÃ¶ppel to score 25 Bundesliga goals.Â In December, at the age of 20 years, six months and four days, he broke another of Werner’s records to become the youngest-ever player to reach 100 Bundesliga appearances when he started in his side’s 2â€“0 defeat to KÃ¶ln.Â In theÂ 2019â€“20 UEFA Europa League, Havertz scored in both matches againstÂ PortoÂ in the round of 32, then he scored a goal in a 1â€“2 defeat toÂ Inter MilanÂ in the quarter-finals.
On 4 September 2020, Havertz signed a five-year contract withÂ Premier LeagueÂ sideÂ Chelsea.Â The transfer fee was reported to be worth an initial Â£62 million, which could rise to Â£71 million with add-ons, making him Chelsea’sÂ second most expensive signingÂ afterÂ Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Havertz made his debut for theÂ Germany national under-16 teamÂ on 11 November 2014, starting in the friendly match against theÂ Czech RepublicÂ before being substituted out in the 57th minute forÂ Tom Baack. The match finished as a 3â€“1 win for Germany.
Havertz was included inÂ Germany’s squadÂ for theÂ 2016 UEFA European Under-17 ChampionshipÂ in Azerbaijan.Â He appeared in all five of Germany’s matches, scoring once before Germany were eliminated byÂ SpainÂ in the semi-finals.
Following a 15-month absence from youth internationals, Havertz made his debut forÂ Germany’s under-19 team, debuting on 31 August 2017 in the 0â€“0 friendly draw againstÂ Switzerland, coming on in the 72nd minute forÂ PalkÃ³ DÃ¡rdai.Â On 4 October 2017, in his third appearance for the under-19 team, Havertz scored four goals in a 5â€“1 win againstÂ BelarusÂ in the first round ofÂ European Under-19 Championship qualifying.Â He was later named captain of the under-19 side.
On 29 August 2018, Havertz was called up toÂ Germany’s senior teamÂ for the first time by head coachÂ Joachim LÃ¶w. He was included in the squad for Germany’sÂ UEFA Nations LeagueÂ match againstÂ FranceÂ and friendly againstÂ Peru.Â Havertz made his international debut on 9 September 2018, coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute forÂ Timo WernerÂ against Peru, with the match finishing as a 2â€“1 home win for Germany.Â Upon making his debut, he became the first player born in 1999 to represent the national team.
Style of play
Havertz has been described as technically gifted, two-footed midfielder who is comfortable with the ball on either foot and adept with his head.Â During his formative years, his style of play drew early comparisons to compatriotÂ Mesut Ã–zil, with Havertz himself admitting theÂ ArsenalÂ midfielder was a player he looked up to.Â By the age of 19, and following numerous impressive performances in the Bundesliga, further comparisons had been drawn between Havertz and former Leverkusen players such asÂ Michael Ballack,Â Toni KroosÂ andÂ Arturo Vidal, and the German media began describing him as a combination of the lot and anÂ AlleskÃ¶nnerÂ â€“ a player who can do everything.
- As of 10 August 2020
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- As of 13 October 2019
- Scores and results list Germany’s goal tally first.
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- BundesligaÂ Team of the Year:Â 2018â€“19
- BundesligaÂ Player of the Month:Â April 2019, May 2019,Â May 2020
- UEFA Champions LeagueÂ Breakthrough XI: 2019
- UEFA Europa LeagueÂ Squad of the Season:Â 2019â€“20