“When the eyes were on him that evening, the post-game time was already running. The game was already decided, so it no longer mattered whether he would convert the penalty, moreover, he competed. Kai Havertz finally met. But the goal he scored after a hand-play by Alphonse Davies in the penalty area was nothing more than a result. Havertz and his team from Bayer Leverkusen lost the cup final against FC Bayern 2-4 (0:2).
Bosz doesn’t believe in leaving
The People of Munich, the Leverkusen players had to admit in the end, were simply better. It was only midway through the second half, when Bayer had cut it to 1-3, that it seemed as if there might be something else going on for the werkself. But that was not the case, which was certainly also due to Kai Havertz. The coveted midfielder was largely ineffective on Saturday. In the first half, in which Bayer coach Peter Bosz gave up a real storm ingestar and ordered Havertz a little further forward, the 21-year-old barely got to the ball. Even later, when Kevin Volland was in front in the Storm center and he was back in the middle, he was not involved in any dangerous action. In the end, Havertz had only 44 ball contacts throughout the game – his penalty was also his first shot on goal.
When his coach was asked after the final defeat whether the match at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium was the farewell performance of the courted national player, Peter Bosz said: “No, I don’t think so.” Although Havertz has a contract dated until the end of June 2022, it is unclear whether he will stay or change employer prematurely. Over the past few weeks, Havertz has been repeatedly associated with various top clubs from all over Europe. There was talk of Chelsea, of Real Madrid – and also of FC Bayern.
The record holder has ruled out a move to Munich, at least for this summer. “Let me be very clear: we will not be able to do this financially this year,” CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had already told Sport1 before the final.
Clear announcement from those responsible
In Leverkusen, where he has been playing since the age of eleven, they are still hoping for the whereabouts of Havertz, who had come to Bayer from Alemannia Aachen. “I would be happy if he stayed for another year,” head of sport Rudi Völler said on Saturday, attesting to Havertz’s “very sovereign” handling of the rumours of a possible change. If there is one, it is only if a club shows itself to be cash-rich. There is talk of a pain limit of EUR 100 million. “We have already made clear on several occasions the conditions under which we would let him move,” club chief Fernando Carro said recently: “And I cannot estimate at the moment whether any of the clubs interested in him will meet these conditions this summer.” And although the transfer window is exceptionally open until October 5, according to Carro, there is no deadline. But be prepared for all scenarios.
It is clear that Havertz will play for Bayer in the Europa League in August. Those responsible have made that clear. Even if, like Timo Werner, who renounces the Champions League tournament with RB Leipzig, he were to move to Chelsea.
In the Europa League, Bayer can try again to win a title again after 27 years. After the cup victory in 1993, there were nine runners-up titles – five times in the league, three times in the cup, once in the Champions League – for the club, which had just had the name “Vizekusen” protected by the German Patent and Trademark Office for another ten years.