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Revealed: Why Mauricio Pochettino ‘wouldn’t mind if Kai Havertz left Chelsea’ – on one condition – amid Real Madrid interest



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Mauricio Pochettino is ready to part company with Chelsea forward Kai Havertz this summer – but on one condition.

Reports out of Spain have suggested Havertz is on Real Madrid’s radar as they target another attacker, leaving Pochettino with another decision to make over his Chelsea squad next season.

The 51-year-old, whose appointment was confirmed earlier this week, has already made the call to not extend Denis Zakaria and Joao Felix’s spells at the club, while Mateo Kovacic will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge after five years at the club, with Manchester City in talks to sign the Croatian.

Havertz is out of contract in the summer of 2025 and now attracting interest from Real Madrid. Harry Kane is their preferred target, however the Chelsea forward is seen as a ‘more feasible’ option due to the price-tag of Kane.

The 23-year-old hinted he would like to stay at Stamford Bridge next season to put the dismal 2022/23 season right. He wrote: “A season none of us wanted but we learn and grow as a team and come back stronger next season. Thank you for all your support throughout the season.”

But Pochettino may have other ideas for the Germany international, according to Relevo.

He ‘wouldn’t mind’ if Havertz left this summer should Chelsea find and sign a replacement for him. This is because he is not claimed to be a ‘priority’ for the Argentinian coach, who will officially start on July 1.

Christopher Nkunku is set to arrive from RB Leipzig after a pre-agreement was reached towards the end of 2022.

Many forwards are also expected to leave as part of the overhaul. Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be allowed to leave. Talks over Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku’s futures are expected to take place in the coming weeks.