Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz recently sat down to talk with Marca about some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Havertz has been linked with Bayern Munich as well as other European super clubs like Liverpool and FC Barcelona. When asked what he thought about Atletico Madrid ahead of their Champions League clash, he said that,
They’re one of the best teams in the world, with lots of experience and they have a successful coach.
Havertz also talked about Atletico Madrid’s defensive style of play saying,
I think Atletico are generally associated with a defensive style, solid at the back and dangerous counter attacks. With Joao Felix they’ve strengthened a bit on the ball. I admire El Cholo’s work and trophies. That’s why they’re a really big club.
Kai Havertz was also asked about FC Barcelona and whether his playing style would fit there. He said that,
Yes, because Barcelona have a lot of the ball, but there are lots of teams that do that these days, not only Barcelona. Real Madrid, for example, are a team that have a lot of possession, although they’ve been a bit less efficient than Barcelona in recent years.
Whoever ends up buying Havertz will have to pay around €90 million euro according to Transfermarkt — which may still fall well short of what Leverkusen will demand. Naturally since Havertz is German he has also been quite frequently linked with Bayern Munich. Havertz talked candidly about Bayern, saying,
They’re probably the biggest club in Germany and there are many players that were very successful at a young age that went there. Therefore, I get linked with Bayern, but we’ll see what happens. There are players that want to stay close to their family and others say, “I want to live in another country.” There’s something clear: if you want to be a star in Germany, you can’t go wrong with Bayern.
It is not a lock that Havertz will ultimately choose to sign with Bayern Munich. Marco Reus and former teammate Julian Brandt have been recruiting Havertz to Borussia Dortmund as well. For now, Havertz is not revealing what his next plans are and remains focused on Bayer Leverkusen’s European and domestic campaigns. He told Marca,
For the moment, I want to have a good season. Afterwards, we’ll see.