Kai Havertz: It hit me hard

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Chelsea signed Kai Havertz for a massive £70m fee last summer, and there was heavy expectations on the young German.

However, Havertz career didn’t kick off well at Chelsea. He was first hit with Covid-19 shortly after signing up for the club, and had to stay away from the team for about a month.

Upon his return, Havertz struggled with the pace and intensity of the Premier League, and endured massive criticisms before picking back form towards the end of the season.

Havertz has now opened up that the impact of virus really hit him hard.

“The illness hit me hard,” Kai said at a press conference ahead of facing England.

“It lasted some four to five weeks before I could even think of getting back on to a football pitch. During the time I was ill, I was quite ill, to be honest. And I wish it upon absolutely no one.

“Then the aftermath was difficult, too. I really had to work hard to get back to the pre-Covid fitness levels. You have to live with it.”

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