Bayer Leverkusen legend Jens Nowotny believes Kai Havertz will become a ‘world class’ player at a top Premier League club.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with £90million moves to Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.
He scored twice in Leverkusen’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen on Monday to take his goal tally to 12 for the season.
Former Germany defender Nowotny, who made 231 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen in a 10-year spell from 1996, insists Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Man City boss Pep Guardiola or Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho can take Havertz to the next level.
“He is on the way to becoming a world-class player. He has huge potential,” Nowotny told Goal and SPOX.
“Another year in Leverkusen would certainly not hurt him.
“For his personal development as a player and as a person it would be good for him to be in an environment in which he feels comfortable – and that’s the case in Leverkusen. Otherwise he would not have already spent 10 years at the club.
“To fulfil his potential, the next step is very, very important.
“He has to ask himself questions – are there clubs where he can develop if there is a possible change? Or are there only clubs where he has to arrive and function as a finished player?
“On the one hand, you need coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, who can take him further.
“On the other hand, such a coach also has to work for a club where he is allowed to develop.”
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also expressed interest in signing Havertz.
However, Nowotny has suggested Borussia Dortmund would be a better fit for the Germany international if he is to stay in his homeland.
“He could develop at Bayern Munich, but he would have to win his chance to play first and foremost,” he added.
“That works better for some clubs than for others. For a young player, Borussia Dortmund may be better than Bayern Munich in terms of club and environment.”