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DONE DEAL: Chelsea Football Club have signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for an initial fee of £72m on a 5-year contract

The German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or right winger has put pen to paper on a five year contract until June 2025 with the Blues today.

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The transfer of the highly rated 21 years old from Bayer Leverkusen follows on from the purchase of Timo Werner from another Bundesliga Club, RB Leipzig, and is in addition to the recruitment of Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva as Frank Lampard’s squad for the forthcoming season takes shape. They have also signed young French defender, Malang Sarr who is going out on loan with a view to gaining more experience before he is involved.

Havertz had this to say on becoming a Chelsea player. ‘I am very happy and proud to be here, For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.

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