Liverpool and Manchester United transfer target Kai Havertz compared to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane by Bayer Leverkusen assistant coach Marcel Daum
Kai Havertz has been likened to Zinedine Zidane by his assistant coach at Bayer Leverkusen, Marcel Daum.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with big-money summer moves to Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona following his remarkable rise to stardom.
Havertz has impressed Europe’s top clubs by scoring 15 goals in all competitions for Leverkusen this season, adding to the 20 he struck last term.
And his coach, Daum, sees traits of Real Madrid and France legend Zidane in the German wonderkid.
“Everyone is asking about Kai Havertz,” the 33-year-old told talkSPORT.com. “If you see him play, it tells you everything.
“For me, he has the elegance of Zidane. If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability.
“What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus.
“He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast. It’s up to him how far he can go.
“I can’t say he will be the best German player ever, but he has the talent and there are no limits. He’s displaying signs of Zidane.”
Havertz may have the potential to reach Zidane’s level, but he has some way to go yet before hitting that peak.
The reigning Real Madrid manager won the 1998 Ballon d’Or, while bagging Serie A, LaLiga and Champions League winners’ medals during an illustrious playing career.
Manchester United are reportedly set to bid £50million for Havertz.
But Daum insists Bayer Leverkusen will not sell their star man on the cheap amid reports they want more than £90m for him.
He added: “The situation with coronavirus is so strange and so complicated that it’s still open that he will leave us.
“I don’t know what will happen, but at Bayer he has the right place to develop his strengths and improve.
“The only thing I know is that Bayer won’t sell him for a cheap fee.”
Havertz has scored five goals in just four games since the Bundesliga became the first major European league to return from its coronavirus suspension last month.
The Premier League is set to make its comeback behind closed doors on June 17.
And Daum believes English top-flight clubs will have to get used to the ‘bizarre’ and ‘strange’ circumstances.
The German coach, who joined Bayer Leverkusen in July 2018, said: “In the Bundesliga there are only around 300 people inside the stadiums.
“It’s strange to be honest. It’s kind of bizarre sitting on the bench and coaching. You get used to it. It’s bizarre without fans.
“You are in an empty stadium, you can hear everything the other coaches say, you can hear every word of every player.
“Sometimes the atmosphere is like a friendly game, but still you know it’s a competition. It’s strange.”