Chelsea star Kai Havertz is a 'modern Johan Cruyff' who'll become one of world's top stars, insists ex-RB Leipzig chief

FORMER RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick has likened Chelsea new boy Kai Havertz to Johan Cruyff – and tips the German to be a star in the Premier League.

Havertz has got off to a good start at Chelsea, scoring three goals in three appearances since his £71million move from Bayer Leverkusen.

The German international picked up his first hat-trick match ball after sinking three past Barnsley in Chelsea's 6-0 Carabao Cup demolition.

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Havertz, 21, is one of Europe's brightest talents and was being tracked by the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Former RB Leipzig chief Rangnick has poured high praise on the versatile forward, calling him the 'modern Johan Cruyff'.

Rangnick said: "I have no doubt he will be a sustainable success and become one of the top players over the next few years.

"I tried to sign him in Leipzig. I don’t see any weaknesses in his football. He is a modern Johan Cruyff. This transfer will be a success for Chelsea."

Havertz is not shy of comparisons to legends of the game, Bayer Leverkusen's assistant coach Marcel Daum has also said Havertz 'has the elegance of Zidane'.

And he will do well to live up to comparisons with the late great Cruyuff.

The former Ajax star won the Ballon d'Or three times and his philosophy inspired the great Barcelona teams of modern times.

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Chelsea's next game comes against newly-promoted West Brom and Havertz has a good opportunity to score his first Premier League goal for the Blues.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-0 to Liverpool.

Havertz is likely to start alongside compatriot Timo Werner, as well as Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva, who is yet to make a Premier League appearance since joining the club.

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