Kai Havertz: No to FC Bayern was perfect
Column of Pit Gottschalk: Kai Havertz: No to Bayern Munich was absolutely right
Rudi Völler makes it clear publicly that FC Bayern have called for a transfer from Kai Havertz. Despite a possible three-digit million-euro transfer, Bayer Leverkusen will retain the highly gifted - and thus make the right decision for themselves and for Havertz.
Two unusual personalities became public these days. First, Timo Werner announced that he would extend his contract with RB Leipzig prematurely for another three years. After that it was announced that Bayer Leverkusen Kai Havertz reserves and Bayern München has communicated this weeks ago.
Both personalities are unusual because the two young players, one 23 and the other 20 years old, just do not follow the big money and settle for the still abundant payments from the existing employer. Of course that is not. Therefore, the role of the two clubs is remarkable.
You have to be grateful to RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen
To keep Timo Werner, RB Leipzig had to stretch enormously and raise the previously defined salary cap to now (allegedly) seven million euros annually. In Leverkusen, sporting director Rudi Völler could easily have denied the next budget with a high double-digit millions, and resisted the temptation.
You have to be grateful to both clubs. There are too many examples that hopeful talents left their cautious environment and went out into the wide world - and then failed. Jann-Fiete Arp is experiencing a career break. He had been celebrated as a great talent at HSV; now he can not even sit on the bench at Bayern.
Not even the Portuguese Renato Sanches, 2016 still European champion in France, made the breakthrough; He fled to Lille now. Bayern Munich is a lottery: You can bring so much talent - you just need luck. Serge Gnabry has probably done it - Mario Götze from 2013 to 2016 rather not.
Bayern: Kai Havertz should think of his development
One must therefore not blame Bayern Munich. Darwinism belongs to club DNA, everyone knows, and has made the club the number one. Only a young professional is wise advised not to think only of the account balance, but especially to the own development as a player personality. The big money comes early enough.
Clubs like Bayer Leverkusen, who pay well, but not like Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, can see their chance in this: that they provide players with a home that is not found on a higher floor. Again, the reward follows. At least 100 million euros to bring Kai Havertz sometime. Then it's worth it for everyone.
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