Chelsea news: Hansi Flick holds talks with Thomas Tuchel over Kai Havertz

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Hansi Flick holds talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over Kai Havertz

The 22-year-old has yet to really nail down a position for club or country (Picture: Getty)

Germany boss Hansi Flick has reached out to Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel to discuss Kai Havertz’s best position as both managers continue to use him in a variety of roles.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, the 22-year-old has lined up in a host of different positions including a more box-to-box midfield role and even as a false number nine.

He has looked most effective as one of two number 10s playing behind a lone frontman in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 and lined up there in his last outing for Chelsea behind Romelu Lukaku.

Germany coach Hansi Flick holds talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over Kai Havertz

Flick isn’t entirely sure about where to play Havertz (Picture: AFP)

New Germany boss Flick is also still trying to establish where Havertz is at his most effective and has revealed that he spoke to Tuchel about how best to utilise the attacking midfielder.

‘I do believe that Kai can play in the centre,’ Flick told SportBILD. ‘I exchanged ideas with Thomas Tuchel. I can well imagine that he can also play in the centre.’

Havertz lined up as a central attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation in Germany’s 2-0 win over Lichtenstein on Thursday evening.

Speaking about his young playmaker, Tuchel himself said: ‘In my opinion, his best position is between the nine and the 10 and have the freedom to drop and move fluid between the two positions.

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‘I like to have him in high positions, I don’t want to have him behind the ball and he feels comfortable in between the lines and in narrow pockets.’

Germany coach Hansi Flick holds talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over Kai Havertz

Timo Werner netted in Germany’s World Cup qualifying victory (Picture: Getty)

Even Havertz is not entirely sure of his best position, telling the club’s website last season: ‘I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100%.’

Havertz netted in last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Liverpool but was sacrificed at half-time when Chelsea were reduced to 10 men, while he netted four goals and laid on three assists in 27 Premier League appearances in his maiden campaign with the west Londoners, also netting the winning goal in the Champions League final.


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