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Chelsea star Kai Havertz didn’t have a good start to the season after sealing a £70m move from Bayer Leverkusen.
Contracting Covid-19 didn’t make it seem any better for the young German as he struggled to cope with the intensity of the Premier League.
However, the 22-year-old picked up form towards the end of the season and was spectacular in the Champions League final against Manchester City.
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed what his teammate at Monaco told him about the German international.
Fabregas wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph: “I was talking to my Monaco team-mate Kevin Volland, who was a team-mate of Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen.
“He told me that Havertz would usually struggle a little bit at the start of seasons to get going, but that once he gets a clear ride and is mentally good then he’s a fantastic player.
“Havertz didn’t start very, very well at Chelsea and sometimes he looked off the pace. But once Thomas Tuchel put him in a false nine position, it was working better.
“He didn’t have to touch a lot of the ball, but he helped the team tick. He was not losing the ball, he made everyone else secure, he was creating stuff. And I think at the end of the season, he was very, very good.
“I saw that both Werner and Havertz scored for Germany in their last warm-up game, so, hopefully, they can have a good tournament and, definitely, I think we will see different players for Chelsea next season.”