Peter Bosz cheekily joked that rumored Chelsea target Kai Havertz will join Heracles Almelo following Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League exit.
Havertz was on target in what may have been his last outing for Leverkusen in Monday’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Inter Milan in the Europa League amid strong interest from Chelsea.
The Premier League giants have held a long-term interest in him and are clear favorites. With Leverkusen’s season over, it’s likely the player’s future will go further under the scope in the upcoming weeks.
According to RMC Sport, Havertz has agreed personal terms for a five-year deal and ‘absolutely’ wants to become a Blue. The French outlet added that Chelsea and Leverkusen could strike a deal soon.
Quizzed on whether the German had played his last game for Die Werkself in his post-match conference, however, Bosz ‘exclusively’ stated it was and announced he will join Dutch side Heracles Almelo.
“Yes, I can exclusively announce he’ll play for Heracles Almelo,” said the Dutchman, according to the Evening Standard.
Incidentally, Bosz coached Heracles in two separated spells between 2004 and 2013.
As for the match itself, the 56-year-old conceded Leverkusen could have done better after exiting the Europa League.
Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku’s record goal gave Inter a commanding lead during the opening 21 minutes before Havertz scored three minutes later. However, Leverkusen failed to score another in Dusseldorf.
“We lost against a great opponent,” conceded Bosz.
“We didn’t play well in the first 20 minutes and had problems dealing with Lukaku, then things improved and we thought that we’d turn it around. We could’ve done better and are disappointed.”