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Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz is still finding his feet in English football after his mega-money move from Bayer Leverkusen.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he has huge belief in Havertz’s potential and believes the German international will become a world-class player at Chelsea.
“He’s fitting in really well,” Lampard said.
“He had really strong symptoms of Covid, he was very ill and struggling for quite a while. Some of the players have had it like that, some have been symptom free so we had to factor that in and that’s why it took two or so weeks before he was starting again once he returned from Covid.
“Going into when he fell ill, his form was fantastic and he was playing some really good stuff.
“He was playing in the No.8 role, the advanced midfield role, and I was delighted for him because you could see he was enjoying it and then obviously Covid cut that short.
“Long-term, I’ve got absolutely no worries about Kai – in fact it’s the opposite. I know he’s going to be a huge player for this football club, in the Premier League.
“He has all the attributes, all the personality, all the attitude and he’s going to be an absolutely top-class player for me, in the Premier League and in the world.
“That’s how highly I rate him. There are very quick reactions sometimes to how people analyse new signings with price tags etcetera.
“I think we have to understand that some of the best players to have graced the Premier League found it hard to get used to it and I think Kai has actually been very good and Covid has made it difficult for him.”