The 20-year-old is desired by a number of Europe’s top teams and the gaffer accepts he will probably move on this summer.
Bayer Leverkusen are resigned to losing Kai Havertz this summer, but they will not give him up for under €100 million ($111m), coach Peter Bosz states.
The attacking midfielder has captured the eye of Europe’s top teams, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus said to be interested in him.
He’s since made 139 appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen, but Bosz believes he will move on to bigger and better things.
“Kai is 20 years old, but this is already his fourth season in the Bundesliga,” he informed Algemeen Dagblad. He’s from Aachen, has been here since he was eight. Wonderful boy to work with. Intelligent.
“We sold his friend, Julian Brandt, to Borussia Dortmund last summer.”
“A lot came before the winter break. We lost the derby in Koln and three days later also at home to Hertha Berlin. Suddenly the whole stadium whistled off him. He had been devastated by that. ‘Why do people hate me’ Then he is just another 20-year-old and you describe:’They do not hate you, but this is how it goes’.
“During the winter break, we showed pictures that he didn’t get to the box enough. He does that more often. His share of goals and aids has skyrocketed.
“He can not be held to next summer. That is going to be a transfer of over €100 million. Over 100 million!”
Bosz disclosed that Leverkusen received a letter from the German Football League (DFL) since he spoke out in favour of cancelling matches rather than playing them in empty stadiums on account of the coronavirus.
While soccer in Germany was finally suspended, a step taken by many nations hit by the pandemic, the police weren’t pleased with the trainer’s views.
Bosz stated: “They immediately sent an angry letter. If the Leverkusen coach can keep his mouth closed, but this coach isn’t going to do that.
“If I’m asked a question, I will reply. At this point, you see ghost matches everywhere. I saw Juventus – Inter on TV before empty stands, it seems as if you’re watching an amateur match.”