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Bayer Leverkusen boss confirms Chelsea target is leaving club

Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz has confirmed that he does not expect Chelsea target Kai Havertz to return for training this summer amid speculation the midfielder is on the verge of leaving the club.

Frank Lampard has been keen to make up for lost time in the wake of Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban and the Blues have set their sights on finalising a move for Havertz after wrapping up deals up Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.

The Germany midfielder has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea

It’s understood Havertz agreed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this month and Chelsea will reportedly pay Leverkusen €80million (£72m) up front plus a further €20m (£18m) in bonuses for the 21-year-old German.

Havertz’s absence from Leverkusen’s pre-season fitness tests on Sunday further fuelled speculation of an impending move to west London and the youngster now expects to be playing in the blue of Chelsea next season.

However, Havertz is currently with the German national side in Stuttgart ahead of their Nations League clashes with Spain and Switzerland, meaning an official announcement may have to be put on hold the time being.

Bosz does not expect Havertz to train with Leverkusen again

But Bosz comments on Monday morning indicate that Havertz will not be returning to Leverkusen from Germany’s training camp – and that it’s only a matter of time before he is unveiled as a Chelsea player.

‘Kevin Volland and the national players didn’t participate today in training today,’ the Leverkusen head coach said at his press conference.

‘Leon Bailey also wasn’t there. Unfortunately our squad isn’t set yet.

‘I don’t expect Volland (set to join Monaco) and Havertz to train with us again.

‘It’s possible more players will transfer and we definitely still have to add some players.’

On Chelsea being able to spend big amid the coronavirus crisis, Bosz added: ‘There are clubs and people, like Roman Abramovich in this case probably, who are able to and want to pay it. ‘They will have calculated it well.

‘Kai is not the only player joining Chelsea this summer.’

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He continued: ‘As a coach, it would be great if the squad was complete at the start of pre-season, but these days that’s hardly ever the case.

‘Much has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and that makes things more complex. ‘It’s my responsibility as a coach to deal with it.’

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