The playmaker has admitted that he felt scrutinised after making the move from Leverkusen to Chelsea in 2020 due to the price tag involved (£72million), and the pressure he faced at Stamford Bridge.
He continued: “For me, the price was a big thing, I was Chelsea’s most expensive player. I don’t understand how so much money is paid but it is normal in football: look at our recent transfers. That brings pressure because people think you are Messi. I was still 20, 21. People don’t see that; they see the price so you have to be great from day one. You can feel it, the tension. You read it, hear it. I came during Covid.”
Havertz then confessed that he feels somewhat fortunate that he was signed during Covid due to how he felt his performances could have justified some fans booing him.
“The first six months weren’t that good. Maybe [if they’re there] the fans boo you,” he explained. “You feel the cameras on you and I am not raised like this. I don’t want to be in the middle, everyone looking. It was quite crazy at the beginning. At Leverkusen people looked as well, but if you add the price here, I felt it, obviously.”