Kai Havertz desired shirt number at Chelsea to become free with exit impending
New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has reportedly asked for Fikayo Tomori’s shirt number if he leaves for Everton on loan.
Havertz became Chelsea’s most expensive signing of all-time when he joined the Blues in a £90m deal from Bayer Leverkusen.
The club are yet to reveal which shirt number of he will take though.
It was assumed that the German would pick the classic playmaker’s no. 10 jersey which has been left vacant after Willian's switch to Arsenal.
However, according to The Athletic, Havertz is now eyeing up the no. 29 shirt he wore for Leverkusen.
That is because centre-back Fikayo Tomori is believed to be edging closer to a move to Everton on loan for the season.
The England international made 22 appearances last season, but has slipped down the pecking order following the signing of Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
Opting not to take a number which can pigeonhole him into one position perhaps shows the versatility Havertz possesses.
That is what Bundesliga pundit Rafael Honigstein would suggest, insisting he can really play anywhere in midfield or attack.
“The beauty of Havertz is you can play him in almost any position apart from defence,” Honigstein told the club’s website.
“I don’t think he’s necessarily a no.6, but he’s definitely a player who can play centrally, both in a slightly deeper role or as a classic no.10. He can just as easily play on either wing, or as a false nine as he’s done quite a lot in recent months.”
Havertz admitted that playing for Frank Lampard was a huge draw for him, having grown up watching him in action for Chelsea.
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He said in his opening interview with Chelsea’s official website: “Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often,.
“And I think I can learn from him as a manager as well. I think he’s a very humble person, a very great guy, and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.”
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