Kai Havertz could inadvertently help Chelsea sign his own long-term replacement

Thomas Tuchel laments Chelsea's lack of rhythm in loss to Juventus

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Kai Havertz might just have helped Chelsea sign his own long-term replacement. The Germany international is with his country ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Romania and North Macedonia.

Chelsea have their sights on one of Germany’s next big stars but Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested in the player.

Florian Wirtz has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season after breaking into the Bayer Leverkusen side last season.

The midfielder took up Havertz’s mantle after he left in the summer of 2020 for Chelsea in a club-record £72million deal.

The 18-year-old has started the season in incredible fashion, scoring six times in eight matches – including twice in the Europa League – also getting five assists.

It has led to a number of clubs taking a closer look at the teenager, including from the Premier League.

Among them are Chelsea, despite the fact that they already have his predecessor in Havertz.

And the 22-year-old might just have accidentally convinced Wirtz that his future could lie at Stamford Bridge.

The Aachen-born ace had a tough year last season after arriving with plenty of expectation, scoring 18 times for Leverkusen the season before.

However, he managed just four in the Premier League yet still ended up scoring one of the most important goals in Chelsea’s history after netting the winner against Manchester City in the Champions League final.

It has been a tough start once again for Havertz, though he did score a fine header against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Nevertheless, it would not be a stretch to say that Thomas Tuchel has expected more from the talented playmaker.

And while on international duty, the youngster has remained close with the Chelsea contingent with Germany in Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner.

The trio seem to have adopted another in the form of Wirtz, who was spotted sharing a joke with Rudiger while having extensive chats with Havertz.

While this can be put down to nothing but welcoming a new member of the Germany squad, with Chelsea’s interest in himself, Wirtz might have made up his mind on where he would like to move to if he was to leave Leverkusen.

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