Watching Kai Havertz play, many experts think Ballack and Oezil. Those are two excellent midfielders of German football.
At the time, Czarniecki was an assistant to the sporting director Bayer Leverkusen. He received an urgent call from Juergen Gelsdorf, the former youth team coach and now a skilled scout for Leverkusen.
Speaking over the phone, Gelsdorf could not hide his surprise. Gelsdorf has been doing football for 30 years, and Czarniecki has absolute confidence in this expert.
However, it was still unusual to ask for both CEO Michael Reschke and Sports Director Rudi Voller to come. They convinced the 10-year-old footballer’s family.
The entire leadership of Leverkusen, one of Germany’s strongest football teams, must be at Aachen just to convince the Havertz family.
Later Czarniecki knew that these efforts were necessary. He has always been proud of arranging for Reschke and Voller to have lunch with the Kai Havertz family.
Since 2013, Mesut Oezil has held the record for most expensive German player in history after moving to Arsenal from Real for 47 million euros.
The numbers of the transfer market speak of the value of the 21-year-old. In the time when the football economy was in crisis because of the epidemic, big clubs faltered when they made blockbuster deals.
MU hesitated in the Jadon Sancho deal when Dortmund shouted for hundreds of millions of euros. Real gave up the Donny van de Beek deal, despite receiving a nod from the player, and then MU bought someone for around 40 million euros.
However, Chelsea – another Premier League club – completed the Havertz deal quite quickly and spectacularly. Roberto Hilbert, who spent time with Havertz at Leverkusen. He confirmed that the boy born in 1999 could become one of the best players in the world.
Those could be somewhat generous compliments from former teammates. However, not only Hilbert, many Bundesliga experts believe Havertz is a rare comprehensive midfielder model in modern football.
They both compare him to Michael Ballack and Mesut Oezil, two excellent midfielders that German football has ever produced. Nico Schneck went to Leverkusen in the summer of 2018 to work as an assistant to Heiko Herrlich. He quickly experienced Kai’s talent.