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Ilkay Gundogan insists Kai Havertz is already better than Michael Ballack

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Ilkay Gundogan has warned his Manchester City team-mates of Kai Havertz’s quality with the midfielder suggesting that his compatriot is already better than Michael Ballack ever was.

Havertz is a key target for Chelsea, who have already signed Timo Werner this summer.

Werner was bought for £53million while talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a £75m move for Havertz are ongoing.

Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz remains a £75million summer transfer target for Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz remains a £75million summer transfer target for Chelsea

His Germany team-mate Iklay Gundogan (right) has spoken of Havertz's supreme quality

His Germany team-mate Iklay Gundogan (right) has spoken of Havertz’s supreme quality

Gundogan plays with Havertz and Werner for Germany and is aware of how good the pair can be at full flow.

Havertz, according to the City midfielder, is even better than former Chelsea and Germany international Ballack was in his pomp.  

He said: ‘In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his playing ability. Ballack had a certain level of aggression in his game, and a strong mentality. 

Gundogan believes Havertz is better than former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack

Gundogan believes Havertz is better than former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack 

‘He was a top player of the previous generation – a b*****d on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.’

Ballack’s honours list includes one Premier League crown, four Bundesliga titles as well as a World Cup runners-up medal with Germany while Havertz, 21, is yet be in a side that has won silverware. 

BALLACK’S HONOURS 

Bundesliga (Bayern Munich x3, Kaiserslautern)

German Cup (Bayern Munich x3) 

Premier League (Chelsea)

FA Cup (Chelsea x2)

English League Cup (Chelsea) 

FIFA All-Star team (Germany x2)

German Footballer of the Year (x3) 

UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (2002) 

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HAVERTZ’S HONOURS

Bundesliga Player of the Month (x3)

Bundesliga Team of the Year (2018-19) 

Young German Player of the Year (2018)

Champions League Breakthrough Team of the Year (2019) 

 

 

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Leeds fans in stitches as hilarious stars faces in new PES 21 update are revealed and look nothing like players

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LEEDS fans reacted in hilarious fashion as their players’ faces look nothing like the real thing in the latest PES 21 update.

Images from the iconic football video game franchise emerged this afternoon and the Whites stars’ likenesses were a little wide of the mark.

Leeds fans laughed themselves silly at Kalvin Phillips' avatar on PES 21

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Leeds fans laughed themselves silly at Kalvin Phillips’ avatar on PES 21
The England ace looks nothing like his in game character

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The England ace looks nothing like his in game character
Patrick Bamford was also a little wide of the mark

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Patrick Bamford was also a little wide of the mark
One fan said his character 'looks like no man who has ever existed'

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One fan said his character ‘looks like no man who has ever existed’

England international Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford’s virtual figures caused the biggest stirs.

Phillips’ character does not have his signature top knot and the facial hair is nowhere near as thick as the real thing.

And team-mate Bamford’s odd looking avatar was described by one fan as looking “like no man who has ever existed”.

Having seen the in-game version of the striker, Leeds fan Adam – followed by several cry laughing emojis – wrote: “PES 21’s version of Patrick Bamford has absolutely done me.”

One fan quipped: “Bet his ma can’t even tell the difference.”

And another joked: “Looks more like Dirk Kuyt then Paddy Bammoz.”

Fans also questioned Luka Ayling’s character with the defender’s facial features unrecognisable from the real thing.

Elsewhere, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa defended his decision to make goalkeeper Kiko Casilla captain despite the stopper’s racism shame.

Fans were not impressed with the PES 21 version of Luke Ayling either

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Fans were not impressed with the PES 21 version of Luke Ayling either

The Spanish keeper was given an eight-match ban last season for racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.

Many Leeds fans were up in arms when the 33-year-old, who is now second-choice to Illan Meslier, was given the armband for Wednesday’s penalties defeat.

But Bielsa said the rest of the team approved it.

Then he questioned how many supporters opposed the choice.

The Leeds boss said: “His team-mates think he deserved to be the captain and we have to listen to those messages.

“The players see in their captain someone they feel can represent them.

“Surely those who judge Kiko ignore a lot of the things his team-mates see in him?

“Should I have contemplated whether to pick him as captain by taking the opinions of the fans or players?”

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will not confirm if Dele Alli is in future plans

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Saturday’s racing tips: Matt Chapman selects his best bets for ITV Racing at Newbury and Ayr

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ANOTHER super Saturday on ITV with the Ayr Gold Cup the big handicap of the afternoon.

I’ve had my head in the formbook and reckon I’m onto a few winners for you lovely lot. Good luck!

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The 2.50pm at Newbury is the Group 3 Legacy Cup Stakes over 1m3f which has been seen as an Arc trial in the past.

EXTRA ELUSIVE is improving fast now for Roger Charlton and Hollie Doyle has struck up a good relationship with the five-year-old.

When he was beaten at Newbury three runs ago Charlton told me his was gutted for the horse as he deserved a decent prize.

He’s now unstoppable! He should be suited to the way this race is run and a massive chance.

Matt Chapman’s ITV Racing tips:

  • 1.40 Newbury – Tis Marvellous
  • 2.15 Newbury – Tenbury Wells (EW)
  • 2.50 Newbury – EXTRA ELUSIVE NAP
  • 3.25 Newbury – Fivethousandtoone
  • 1.55 Ayr – Addeybb
  • 2.30 Ayr – Rathbone (EW)
  • 3.05 Ayr – Umm Kulthum
  • 3.40 Ayr – Staxton (EW)

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4pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Alex Telles LATEST, Jadon Sancho UPDATE, Khedira FREE, Traore backup

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THE transfer window rolls on for Manchester United.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kick off their season this weekend, hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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