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Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is not going anywhere in 2019

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For at least another year, it looks like Kai Havertz will remain with Bayer Leverkusen.

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Amid the rampant speculation about where he will be spending his future, Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Kai Havertz sat down with Süddeutsche Zeitung and gave some quick insight on what his plans are for the upcoming season.

Not shockingly, it appears that Havertz is going to be staying with Die Werkself for at least one more year as captured by Fox Sports Asia:

For me, it has long been clear that I will spend the next season in Leverkusen, without any ifs and buts. I feel very well in Leverkusen and I see a period here in which I can develop very well. At some point I will take the next step. If it comes to that, then no one will be angry with me here. You just want to achieve the most possible in your career.

Havertz, who many think is Germany’s next big international star, had caught the attention of Bayern Munich (and other big clubs) but it does not appear that even the lure of the Rekordmeister is enough to draw the 20-year-old away from his current commitment to Bayer Leverkusen.

Last month, Bayern allegedly had a meeting with Havertz and his agent in the hours leading up to Germany’s game against Estonia in Mainz. Bild’s Christian Falk, however, tweeted that a move to Bayern was rejected by Leverkusen. Still, Die Roten expressed interest in making a bid on the player next summer.

Update re: Kai Havertz: Bayern spoke with both Rudi Völler and with Leverkusen’s supervisory board president Wenning. For 2019, Bayern was rejected. For 2020, Salihamidzic has already indicated interest.

Havertz is expected to play a bigger role with both leadership and production for Die Werkself in 2019-2020 after budding star Julian Brandt moved on to Borussia Dortmund. Havertz had 20 goals and seven assist in 42 games across all competitions during the 2018-2019 season.