When Chelsea splashed 85 million euros to buy Kai Havetz from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020, the club was calm and coordinated with Chelsea for a smooth transfer. They were not worried about losing the talent like Havertz, who the football pundits hailed. Leverkusen was pretty clear about what they will miss without the German sensation. He scored 36 goals and assisted 25 goals in just 118 appearances with Leverkusen. But the club was ready to face the situation, and they already knew who was going to replace him. A wonder kid, the young German talent – Florian Wirtz.
The 18-year-old Florian Wirtz came through his local club FC Koln, and in 2020, after Havertz left the club, Leverkusen signed him when he was 16 years old. The attacking midfielder was the perfect replacement for Havertz, and the club’s trust in youth paved the way for the teenage sensation. He was under the radar of Leverkusen from the age of 13. They were very attentive to his situation and were aware that many European clubs had eyes on him. But Leverkusen waited for the right moment and acted at the right time.
When we look at the stats, he is a level above Havertz when comparing their performances with Leverkusen. He has already broken a few records starting from his debut. He debuted at the age of 17 years and 16 days old and became the youngest ever debutant in the club’s history. He is also the third-youngest debutant in the Bundesliga. Last season, he became the first Bundesliga player to score five goals before turning 18. This season, he became the youngest Bundesliga player to score ten goals. Unreal!
Leverkusen has no plans to sell him in the near future, and the player also seems to like staying. According to the transfer news reporter Fabrizio Romano, the club considers him untouchable. As a part of it, on his 18th birthday, the club signed a new, long-term contract with him till 2026.
Wirtz decision to choose Leverkusen as his next club was the best that he took in 2020. The club that nourished Ballack, Kroos, Vidal and Havertz in the past is the perfect playground for the youngster to flourish. Leverkusen has a lot of football nostalgia with those players. The numbers in the Bundesliga this season is sensational. He has been directly involved in a goal every 41 minutes.
Right now, Leverkusen’s decision about his future will not change. They consider him as an integral part of the club’s future. But the situation might change within two years. Top clubs will be ready to splash money on him. At least 100 million should be available to convince Leverkusen. Anyway, Leverkusen will try to do the same that they did with Havertz. In every manner, the situation of Wirtz will be similar to that of Havertz.
Wirtz’s latest comments on his dream to play with Barcelona also states that he will move from Leverkusen one day. Anyway, the football world will see another transfer saga on a German sensation in the future.