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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has asked that time be given to £70m signing Kai Havertz.
Havertz sealed a big money move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea, but he has so far failed to justify his hefty price tag.
The 21-year-old is currently facing the pressure to perform, but Frank Lampard has called for patience with the young German, as he likened his situation to that of Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne who took time to adapt before making it in the Premier League.
Lampard said: “I can make comparisons to players who were here at a similar age to Kai: Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah. They went away, took time and came back and now they are absolute Premier League legends.
“I don’t want to build Kai up and put pressure on his shoulders, but with young players coming to this league people have to give them time and patience, and sometimes a little bit of wriggle room,’ added Lampard.
“It’s not that everything will happen in a few months or in one performance. In an ideal world we would be playing better as a team and you could just stick Kai in when everything is good. It’s not like that, but I definitely want to put to bed anything about a lack of desire.
“I know him well, he’s a good lad, and my job is to coach him like I coached the young players who came through last year and made real names for themselves, and to give him confidence and show my absolute support for him.”