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Chelsea target Kai Havertz trains with Bayer Leverkusen ahead of Europa League clash with Rangers

Chelsea target Kai Havertz trained with Bayer Leverkusen today ahead of the Bundesliga side’s Europa League tie against Rangers on Thursday. 

The 21-year-old attacker has been linked with a £75million move to the Premier League side this summer, as part of a new-look Chelsea attack including fellow German Timo Werner and ex-Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. 

Leverkusen admitted earlier this week that Havertz could join Chelsea at any time this summer, though he is clearly part of his current side’s preparations ahead of their European tie against the Scottish outfit. 

The Bundesliga club host Rangers on Thursday night with a 3-1 advantage from the first-leg back in March. 

Should Leverkusen progress into the Europa League quarter-finals, they will enter a World Cup-style tournament in Cologne to finish off the Europa League tournament, with the final on August 21. 

Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz believes Havertz is in the right mindset to play against Rangers, depsite the speculation surrounding his future.

Bosz said: ‘Yes, he will play and yes I’m convinced he’s 100 per cent still fighting for Leverkusen.’

But the Leverkusen head coach admitted earlier this week that the German attacker could join Chelsea at any point.

He told Deutschen Presse-Agentur last week: ‘I know what he wants to do, but of course I’m not going to give it away, it’s up to him.

‘I couldn’t say. Perhaps the crucial call will come today, maybe next week, maybe not at all.’ 

Havertz already has three Europa League goals this season, with the young German netting 17 goals in all competitions so far this season.

The 21-year-old will be looking to surpass last season’s goal total of 20 during the final few matches of the Europa League tournament. 

Leverkusen ended the 2019-20 Bundesliga season in 5th place, thereby qualifying for next season’s Europa League tournament. Winning the Europa League would see the German club qualify the Champions League next term.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have already secured a spot in the Champions League next season after a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League. 

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