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“How is this possible?” – Why Kai Havertz was very surprised at ‘loved’ Chelsea star’s January exit



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Kai Havertz has given his take on Chelsea’s transfer dealings this season, revealing his shock at a certain players departure in the January window.

In a interview with the Guardian, Chelsea’s number 29 covered all-things football from outgoings to adapting to life at Cobham with his new teammates.

Havertz, who joined Chelsea in 2020, confessed his feelings towards the huge transitions that have taken place since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital bought the club last year.

Since then Chelsea have seen a change of ownership, a shake up in the boardroom, a new head coach as well as 16 new additions to the squad.

“As a player, you don’t notice the ownership change so much but we have a new team, new manager, new staff. A completely new changing room, so many personalities,” the German went on to say. “You have to adapt, build a relationship.”

The attacker is Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions this season, finding the back of the net nine times in 36 appearances so far.

Havertz also spoke about the mass exodus from the club, and his shock at Jorginho’s switch to north London rivals, Arsenal.

“I played with Jorginho for two and a half years, he changed next to me, I loved being with him,” added Havertz.

“He calls me one evening and says: ‘I’m gone.’ I was like: ‘What the? How is this possible?’ This is how quick things change. It’s a human thing. You just have to accept it, it’s football.”

Jorginho signed for Chelsea in 2018, under then-manager Maurizio Sarri, and enjoyed a commendable five year spell at the club, winning three European titles along the way; the Europa League title in his first season before helping Chelsea lift the Champions League and Super Cup in 2021.

The Italian midfielder joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day in January, and is in contention to win his first Premier League title with the Gunners in May.

Meanwhile Chelsea sit in 10th and find themselves in a Champions League quarter-final once again.

With Havertz seemingly hitting form before the international break netting against Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City and Everton consecutively, he will be hoping to lead the west London side to further European glory.