Germany boss Joachim Low says he has mixed feeling about Kai Havertz's £72million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea.
The Blues announced the signing of the attacking midfielder on a five-year deal this week after he enjoyed another eye-catching season in the Bundesliga.
He is the latest in a number of attacking signings made by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has already strengthened his side with the acquisitions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Havertz broke into the Germany set-up two years ago thanks to his performances for Leverkusen, for whom he scored a total of 36 goals and registered 25 assists in 118 appearances.
And Low admits he is both happy and sad about the 21-year-old's lucrative switch to the Premier League.
"The bad thing about the transfer is that the Bundesliga has lost a top player," Low said.
"But by moving abroad, it’ll help Kai’s development. You mature abroad. Kai was sure that he wanted the move and he’s mentally prepared for it.
"Chelsea is a good club with lots of young players. I don’t think that this has come a year or two too soon for Kai; it’s the right time for him."
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Havertz left Germany's training camp to seal the transfer after he was an unused substitute in Thursday evening's 1-1 draw with Spain in the Nations League.
Low claims he wanted the star to be involved but decided it was more sensible not to risk Havertz suffering what could be a deal-ending injury.
He added: "We were in two minds about Kai. On the one hand, his ability on the ball would’ve helped us against Spain, but the risk of an injury before a transfer of this magnitude is too great."
Havertz is now training alone at Chelsea's Cobham training ground and spoke of his desire to begin working under Lampard.
‘Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often," he told the Chelsea's official website.
"I think I can learn from him now he is a manager as well. I think he is a very humble person and a great guy and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him."
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