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Update In Real Madrid’s Chase To Land This Bundesliga Playmaker: Massive Blow For Los Blancos?

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According to a recent report by The Daily Express, Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to land Bayer 04 Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz this summer. The same source has also claimed that Los Blancos will have to wait a year so that they have enough funds to secure a move for the German youngster, who has his heart set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. However, the Spanish giants have taken a financial hit brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic which means that they have to sell players to fund a move for big-money incoming transfers (via The Daily Express).

Havertz’s Impressive Rise At The BayArena 

The Aachen-born prospect has experienced one of the most productive seasons of his young career at the BayArena after producing a series of eye-catching performances as the centre-piece of Peter Bosz’s attack. He has featured in 40 matches for the German outfit this term, netting 16 goals and securing nine assists in multiple competitions which showcases how consistent he has been for Leverkusen over the past ten months.

The 21-year-old has established himself as a fan-favourite in the Bundesliga after averaging of 2.0 shots, 2.0 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in league football this season. He has been quite efficient with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 85.7% in the German top-flight so far (stats via whoscored).

Havertz has left a positive impression at the international stage as well. He has found the back of the net once in seven senior matches for the German national team. If the talented playmaker can maintain his high standards in the upcoming campaign, then he should have a good shot of ensuring a place in Joachim Low’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals following the competition’s postponement because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Real Madrid pull out of race to land Kai Havertz who is seen in the picture
Kai Havertz of Leverkusen controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at PreZero-Arena on February 01, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Does The German International Bring To The Table?

Havertz can use his quickness and agility to make some sharp breakaway runs with the ball from midfield. He likes to interchange possession with his teammates in the opposition half and is always looking to put in a tireless shift to help his club get over the finishing line.

The German starlet has an intelligent football brain that allows him to create a few promising goal-scoring opportunities in and around the opposition penalty area. He has the eye to pick out a killer pass in the attacking third and is usually quite proficient at scoring goals regularly at the highest level.

Real Madrid Drop Out Of Race To Land Havertz: Big Blow For Zidane?

The Bundesliga whizkid would have not only added plenty of goals and creativity to Zidane’s attack but also improved the overall quality of his first-team at the Spanish capital. Furthermore, he would have also offered some healthy competition for the likes of Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vasquez at the Bernabeu in the coming seasons. The German whizkid also possesses all the skill set required to serve as an ideal long-term replacement for the ageing Luka Modric, who is in the last legs of his playing career.

Hence, missing out on Havertz this summer will be a massive blow for Los Blancos and their efforts to re-establish themselves as a dominant force in European football. If Havertz sticks around at the BayArena for another year, then Zidane should consider revisiting the possibility of signing him next summer.

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