Thomas Muller has paid tribute to his Germany international team-mate Kai Havertz, describing the reported Liverpool and Newcastle United target as an ‘extremely good player’ in conversation with Sky Sports.
The Bayern Munich legend is something of an outlier in modern football, a player so unique that the term ‘raumdauter’ was coined by him and for him.
But if there is one man who can be compared to the often incomparable Muller, it is Havertz.
The Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid shares that all-too rare ability to float between the lines at will, an ethereal, otherworldly presence with a ruthless streak which marks him out as a generational talent.
Havertz has been in remarkable form since the Bundesliga returned in May, scoring 15 times and producing a further eight assists for Peter Bosz’s free-flowing team.
And a player who has shared a dressing room with Havertz for the German national team would love to strut his stuff alongside him at club level too.
“In my last few years with the national team, I enjoyed training and playing with him,” says Muller, a 2014 World Cup winner who has been absent from Joachim Low’s plans since last year.
“Kai Havertz is an extremely good player – a top talent in Europe.
“He has such good skills and of course we at Bayern always want to have the players with the best skills.”
Barely a day goes by without Havertz being tipped to enhance an already fearsome Liverpool squad. The Express reported in February that he was Jurgen Klopp’s top summer target before the global health crisis hit the Anfield giants hard in the pocket.
In a sudden and unexpected twist, however, Newcastle have now been thrown into the mix by BILD reporter Christian Falk.
Although with Leverkusen reluctant to drop their staggering £100 million asking price, it goes without saying that a move to St James’ Park relies solely on whether that Saudi takeover finally goes through.