Former Germany midfielder Didi Hamann has hailed Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz as a brilliant footballer amid interest from Chelsea.
Wirtz, 18, enjoyed a breakthrough season for Leverkusen last term, playing 38 games in all competitions and making his international debut.
The teenager has continued to impress at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, scoring six goals and making six assists in 11 matches to help Bayer Leverkusen go joint-top of the Bundesliga.
“He’s a brilliant player, a different player to [Kai] Havertz, but he’s playing very well so far for Leverkusen,” Hamann told Tribal Football via Metro.
“The only thing he lacks is a yard of pace, but I think he makes up for it with the positions he takes up.
“He’s stepped up so far, he’s been amazing, you can see he’s a leader in this team with his performances in the early weeks of the season.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a better central midfielder at his age in decades, that’s how good I think he is.”