The German international took a while to gain a foothold in English football but ended his debut season as a Champions League winner
Kai Havertz has revealed why he is wearing the number 29 jersey. The Chelsea striker has filled this shirt since he stormed into the senior team at Bayer Leverkusen.
It turned out to be a stroke of luck for him, with giant strides in his home country, when he became a German national player and signed a lot of money at Stamford Bridge.
He’s also Champions League winner who scored the decisive goal in a grand European final last season and won’t be changing numbers anytime soon.
What was said
Questioned by The athlete Havertz explains why he prefers No. 29: “When I was young, I always played FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer with my brother.
“We always made ourselves in the game. I had the number 10, gold shoes and such. My brother always wore the number 29 on his shirt.
“When I got to the professional game and Leverkusen asked me which number I would like, I asked them which numbers are free. When they said 29, I said I would take them because of my brother.”
“Sometimes I’m lucky, sometimes not, but I like the number and now I think everyone knows me for that.”
Will Havertz play for Chelsea as No. 29?
The 22-year-old took a while to gain a foothold in English football after completing a £ 70m ($ 97m) move from Leverkusen.
However, he ended his debut season on a positive note in the Champions League when he filled a false ninth role under Thomas Tuchel and one hot prospect believes there is more to come of him.
Havertz added that he would be reaching the heights he expected: “We have so much talent in our team, so many young players with so much potential.
“It always takes a little time. Timo [Werner] and I started the first game (against Brighton). I had trained with the team for a week and a half and nobody knew me, nobody understood me.
“It was difficult for everyone. Timo was a little longer than me, but the first few months it was difficult.
“It takes a bit of time, but when you have a £ 80m transfer people expect you to play that way even though you don’t have time to adjust. Now I think we’re getting used to it and we’re very happy to be here. “
About his role in Tuchel’s plans, he said: “I like to go into the box and score goals, maybe from first contact or two touches.
“I’m more or less a midfielder, but I like going into the penalty area and maybe that’s why not every defensive player has me on his mind – I just run through midfield and then I’m there.”
Chelsea are currently counting the days until a UEFA Super Cup clash with Villarreal on Wednesday and a Premier League season opener 2021/22 against Crystal Palace on August 14th.