Kai Lukas Havertz is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and forward for Premier League club Chelsea and the Germany national team.
Havertz was born in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Havertz received his first experience in football at the age of four when he joined amateur club Alemannia Mariadorf, where his grandfather, Richard, was chairman of the club.
In 2009, he was signed by 2. Bundesliga club Alemannia Aachen where he spent only a year in the club’s academy before joining Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 11.
In the years that followed, he had to overcome the challenges associated with growth spurts and in 2016, after scoring 18 goals for the club’s U-17 team, he was awarded the silver U-17 Fritz Walter Medal before breaking into Leverkusen’s senior team the following year.
Havertz made his debut for Bayer Leverkusen on 15 October 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute for Charles Aránguiz in a 2–1 Bundesliga loss to Werder Bremen.
Upon entering the field of play, he became the club’s youngest-ever Bundesliga debutant, at the age of 17 years and 126 days, although his record was broken by Florian Wirtz in 2020.
On 14 April 2018, Havertz became the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga to reach 50 appearances at 18 years and 307 days old, breaking the record previously held by Timo Werner.
On the opening day of the 2019–20 campaign, Havertz scored in Leverkusen’s 3–2 win over Paderborn, becoming the second-youngest player of all time behind Köppel to score 25 Bundesliga goals.
In December, at the age of 20 years, six months and four days, he broke another of Werner’s records to become the youngest-ever player to reach 100 Bundesliga appearances when he started in his team’s 2–0 defeat to Köln.
On 4 September 2020, Havertz signed a five-year contract with Premier League club Chelsea. The transfer fee was reported to be worth an initial £62 million, which could rise to £71 million with add-ons, making him Chelsea’s second-most expensive signing after Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Havertz scored his first-ever Premier League goal against Southampton on 17 October, in a 3–3 draw at home.
Havertz made his debut for the Germany national under-16 team on 11 November 2014, starting in the friendly match against the Czech Republic.
Havertz was included in Germany’s squad for the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Azerbaijan. He appeared in all five of Germany’s matches, scoring once before Germany were eliminated by Spain in the semi-final.
Kai Havertz net worth is $3 million. He currently takes a weekly salary of £140,000 and an annual salary of £7,280,000.