Glasgow Rangers’ Europa League hopes have been dealt a blow as Rudi Voller has confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz will not be sold before the end of their Europa League campaign.
Havertz has been linked with a transfer over the past few months after the 21-year-old has enjoyed another fruitful campaign, scoring 16 goals and providing nine assists in 41 appearances in all competitions to date. He has probably been Die Werkself’s best player and Steven Gerrard would likely prefer him to be unavailable in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie as he attempts to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
However, Voller has confirmed the Bundesliga outfit’s intention to hold on to their star asset for the rest of their European run. He said:
“It goes without saying for me that Kai will be at this club for however long we are in the Europa League.
“All of our players want that too. It wouldn’t make any sense to sell him before the conclusion of the competition.”
With Leverkusen already holding that two-goal advantage and having scored three away goals, it would have been a big ask of the ‘Gers to make it through to the quarter-finals even without the Germany international but their job would seem easier without Havertz among the opposition..
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Valued at £72.8m by Transfermarkt, he is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, and Voller’s comments do not indicate that Leverkusen will be able to hold on to him for the foreseeable future. He will likely be wanting to put the ‘Gers to the sword as he looks to end his time at the German club on a high.
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