“It is very easy to make those comparisons,” “I know he is hungry to score goals and make assists so I have already had those conversations with him, but I do think we are quite different in our styles.
“Kai can probably start in more forward areas than I started in. I liked to come from deep as a midfield player, and a lot of Kai’s really good play in the last few seasons as he has broken through at Leverkusen has been in a slightly advanced no.10 role, or slightly wider areas or more in a striker kind of area of late.
“So I think there are differences in our game and styles but in terms of what we try to bring to the team, it is pretty similar in terms of productivity in goals and assists.
“Michael Ballack was a good player for us in terms of what he contributed and we have all got really good memories of Bally when he was at the club and what he did for us, but Kai is going to be his own player and his own person.
“He has his own style and he is very unique in terms of that, which really excites me to work with him, in terms of him going forward.”
The Chelsea Boss has also called for patience with Kai Havertz as he navigates his debut season at Stamford Bridge.
“We also have to understand that he is a fantastic young talent but we must give him time to let him settle and let those talents come through.”