German forward Thomas Muller has described Kai Havertz as a ‘very good player’ and has backed his compatriot to join him at Bayern Munich in the future.
The 21-year-old has bagged 15 goals and eight assists across all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen this term and his form has been superb since the winter break.
The versatile forward has registered 12 goals and seven assists in the space of only 17 outings this year and he has put Leverkusen in a good position in the race for Champions League football.
His performances have already attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, but Bayern can’t be ruled out from making a move, given their preference to sign young German players.
In an interview with Sky Germany (h/t Kicker), Muller said that Havertz has an exceptional skill set and Bayern are always on the search for players of such calibre.
“In my last appointments for the national team, I always enjoyed training and playing with him [Havertz]. He is a very good player, if not the best player of his age group in Europe at the moment. His skills are exceptional. Of course, we always want the best players at Bayern,” He told.
Despite the fond comments, Muller expressed doubts whether the club can afford to sign any high-quality players this summer, particularly with the financial constraints due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 30-year-old added that it is inappropriate to talk about new arrivals at the German champions, particularly when the players have been asked to take pay-cuts at the same point of time.
“But I unfortunately have no insight into the finance department of Mr. Dreeßen (executive director of finance) and the sporting director’s department,” He further told.
“So I don’t know what money can be allocated in current times. It’s also a little paradoxical when you’re always talking about new signings and at the same time wages are being cut.”
Meanwhile, Muller has experienced a superb turnaround to his career this term and he was recently handed a fresh three-year contract for the consistency shown on the playing field.
The 2014 World Cup winner has bagged 11 goals and 24 assists from 42 appearances for the Munich giants this season and he recently entered the record books of the Bundesliga.
Muller registered his 19th and 20th assists of the league campaign during the 4-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. As a result, he surpassed Kevin de Bruyne (19) for the most assists during a single season.
Bayern are on course to win the Bundesliga with just two wins required from the final four games of the campaign. They have also made the final of the DFB Pokal Cup where they are scheduled to face Bayer Leverkusen next month.
In the Champions League, they are favourites to reach the quarter-final stage following their 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the round of 16 tie.
There are suggestions that the quarter-final and semi-final ties could be reduced to one leg instead of two and it remains to be seen whether that would favour Bayern, who have not won the premier competition since 2013.
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