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Podolski advises Havertz over Chelsea move: Get tougher!

Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has advised countryman Kai Havertz to work on his power and strength if he moves to the Premier League.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 21, is being heavily linked with Chelsea, with reports he could move to Stamford Bridge after his side were knocked out of the Europa League last week.

"Why are you asking me about a Leverkusen player?" Podolski joked to The Athletic. "I'm [a] Cologne [man] and they are our rivals along with Gladbach and Dusseldorf.

"[But] he's a great talent. On the ball he is so creative, but he's still young — let's see if he can fit into the Premier League. I think he is still missing some strength and power, but he should taste the drink of the Premier League and see if he likes it.

"I did, but I knew I would like it. I'm strong, I have a good shot, I'm from the street, I'm like a pitbull. I knew I could deal with the Premier League with the long balls, the physical side and the referees. It was perfect for me and we had a good team and atmosphere at Arsenal."

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