Kai Havertz is confident he has put a ‘tough’ start to life in English football behind him as he focuses on ending the season strongly for both club and country.
The 21-year-old was in action for the German national team on Sunday, assisting the only goal of the game for Serge Gnabry with a well-timed run in behind the Romanian defence and a precise pass into the path of the Bayern Munich forward.
It followed a neat left-footed finish in a 3-0 victory over Iceland three days earlier, his seventh goal of the campaign, as well as an upturn in on-field fortunes under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.
The midfielder started our Champions League second leg triumph against Atletico Madrid before the international break, helping initiate the counter-attack that broke the deadlock in west London, and admits he is finally starting to settle in new surroundings.
‘It’s been a tough season,’ he admitted after Sunday’s win in Bucharest.
‘I know things haven’t been going smoothly but I think that’s normal when you first go abroad. It takes half a year or longer to adjust.
‘Things are going well right now so I don’t want to over-think those negative impressions from the past. I am positive and hope that the next weeks will be every bit as good.’
Adapting to a new country is challenging enough without the current restrictions imposed on much of Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some form of lockdown has been in place for most of Havertz’s time in England but he views this period with perspective and excitement for what the future holds.
‘It has been difficult to change everything,’ he continued. ‘It’s hard for me but I’m seven months here and getting used to the place now.
‘I haven’t seen much of the country or the city of London. Every day I just go to training and then come back and spend the rest of the day at home.
‘It’s not easy but people have more problems than me. I do what I love – I play football and that’s my job right now. Hopefully there will be a big change soon and then I hope the experience in England will be much better with fans and everything.’
Germany are back in action on Wednesday with a World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia.