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Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah

 The 21-year-old has not impacted English football as many would expect but his manager says that is not down to a lack of desire

Frank Lampard has defended Kai Havertz over criticism that he looked like he was 'not bothered' during Chelsea's recent 2-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Former Chelsea, Leicester City and Germany defender Robert Huth criticised Havertz's performance and body language in the match at the King Power Stadium. Indeed, Lampard did haul off the £70 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the 67th minute but little changed after his withdrawal.

Ahead of an FA Cup clash with Luton, Lampard has hit out at critics of Havertz's work rate.

"I can officially say from working with Kai that desire is absolutely not part of the issue. Is he as confident right now, at this minute, as he can be or will be? No, because he is having a tough moment, as are other members of the squad," Lampard told reporters.

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