Kai Havertz has been associated with a transfer to Chelsea for months, but according to Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz, his star player is only concerned with his current club. The 21-year-old German will therefore be in the base in the Europa League match with Rangers FC on Thursday.
"Kai plays and is 100 percent focused on Bayer and this game," Bosz said at his news conference on Wednesday.
The Dutch coach said in an interview with the German news agency DPA last week that he already knows what decision Havertz has made about his future, but that it is up to the playmaker himself to bring it out.
The seven-time German international, this season good for seventeen goals and nine assists in 43 official matches for Bayer, would according to various media for about 100 million euros to Chelsea.
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'We are not yet in the quarterfinals'
Bosz hopes that Havertz can still play an important role in the final phase of the Europa League. The number five of the Bundesliga, which has not played a game since the cup final on July 4 (2-4 loss against Bayern Munich), defends a 3-1 lead on Thursday-evening in the delayed return of the eighth final against Rangers. The first game in Scotland was on March 12.
Bosz warned his team on Wednesday because of the good starting position for underestimation. "If someone on my team says we're already there, he'll have problems with me," said the 56-year-old trainer. "We are not yet in the quarterfinals. I will not save any players."
Bosz has to face Rangers without injured Karim Bellarabi and Paulinho, suspended Kerem Demirbay and Mitchell Weiser and without Nadiem Amiri, who is quarantined as a precaution because he has had contact with someone who has tested positive for the corona virus. The game starts on Thursday at 6.55 PM.
Remaining eight-final matches EL
- Wednesday: FC Copenhagen-Istanbul Başakşehir (0-1)
- Wednesday: Shakhtar Donetsk-VfL Wolfsburg (2-1)
- Wednesday: Manchester United-LASK (5-0)
- Wednesday: Internazionale-Getafe (first leg canceled)
- Thursday: Sevilla-AS Roma (first leg canceled)
- Thursday: Bayer Leverkusen-Rangers FC (3-1)
- Thursday: FC Basel-Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0)
- Thursday: Wolverhampton Wanderers-Olympiacos (1-1)
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