Chelsea's Rudiger 'in contact with Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz'

Antonio Rudiger ‘in contact with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz as Chelsea defender attempts to convince Germany team-mate to move to Stamford Bridge’

  • Antonio Rudiger played a key part in convincing Timo Werner to join Chelsea 
  • And the Germany centre-back is now trying to convince compatriot Kai Havertz 
  • The Bayer Leverkusen star has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea
  • Rudiger is said to have established initial contact with Havertz a fortnight ago 

Antonio Rudiger is trying to convince Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz to make the move to Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Germany.

The Blues centre-back played a key role in convincing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner to sign for the club, who pulled off a major coup by landing the free-scoring Germany star for £53million.

But according to BILD, Rudiger has not stopped there and is now on a new mission to try to convince another one his compatriots who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, 21-year-old Havertz, to help reinforce Frank Lampard’s squad.

German reports claim Antonio Rudiger is trying to convince Kai Havertz to move to Chelsea

The Chelsea centre-back played a key role in convincing RB Leipzig star Timo Werner to join

The German outlet adds that the 27-year-old defender has been in contact with the Leverkusen star over the last fortnight.

The same source reported earlier in the week that Havertz has had enough at the BayArena and has told them of his desire to seek pastures new.

The claims come a couple of days after Rudiger admitted that he would like to see Havertz in a Chelsea shirt next season.

But the Germany international is now looking to convince fellow compatriot Havertz to come

The former Stuttgart centre-back has been a fan of Havertz ever since observing him during a training session on international duty. 

Asked about Chelsea transfer target Havertz, Rudiger told Sky Germany: ‘Kai is talented, when I saw him train with the Germany national team I was like, ‘wow!’

‘I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t want him at Chelsea.’ 

Rudiger also revealed last month that he had played a huge part in signing Werner, having known the striker since the age of 17.

The claims come after reports that Havertz has told bosses at the BayArena he wants to leave

‘I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time,’ Rudiger said.

‘We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do.

‘I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better.

‘I hope he adapts quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.’

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