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Chelsea vs West Brom: Ilkay Gundogan Defends Kai Havertz


Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has defended Chelsea’s Kai Havertz ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday.

Havertz has failed to live up to Chelsea’s expectations since he joined the club from Bayern Leverkusen in a £62million deal last summer.

The Germany international has scored just once in the Premier League so far this season for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Havertz is the second-most expensive player in Chelsea’s history behind goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But Gundogan, a fellow compatriot with Havertz, believes the 21-year-old has ‘sensational qualities’ and will go on to make a ‘big statement’ in the Premier League after a tough debut season at Stamford Bridge.

“Kai is exceptionally good technically,” Gundogan told reporters ahead of Germany’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia on Wednesday night.

“I think it’s great that at his age, he had the courage to take the step abroad. He’s played a lot of good games for Chelsea, but it is normal for everything not to work out in the first season.

“He has sensational qualities and will make a big statement in the Premier League.”

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