Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz towers above VfB Stuttgart's Dennis Aogo in his 66th Bundesliga appearance, and he is still only 19. - © gettyimages / Matja Hitij
Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz towers above VfB Stuttgart's Dennis Aogo in his 66th Bundesliga appearance, and he is still only 19. - © gettyimages / Matja Hitij
Bundesliga

Kai Havertz hails the Bundesliga as the place to be for young players

After pulling the strings in a much-needed victory for Bayer Leverkusen over Stuttgart on Friday night, 19-year-old Kai Havertz said he owed his own success to the Bundesliga's culture of giving youth a chance.

Now a fully-fledged Germany international, Havertz made his 66th Bundesliga appearance on Matchday 12 and spoke to bundesliga.com afterwards about how he now sees himself as a role model in a league brimming with young talent.

Watch: Havertz hails the Bundesliga for giving youngsters a chance

"I've got three seasons under my belt, well this is my third, and people can see that youngsters get a chance in the Bundesliga," he said. "I can see that continuing and it will allow young players to take on responsibility at a younger age. In that regard I think I can be viewed as an example."

Havertz is not the only teen sensation strutting his stuff in the Bundesliga, with English 18-year-olds Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson also seizing their opportunities to shine on the highest stage with Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively.

They have both sung the praises of a league where age does not count, and where coaches have no fear of blooding talent in key fixtures. The Bundesliga has given players under the age of 21 more minutes this season than any other of Europe's top leagues, moulding them to make an impact also in the UEFA Champions League and, as Sancho's meteoric rise demonstrates, in their respective national teams.

Havertz picked up his second cap for Germany in their 3-0 win over Russia during the recent international break, while Sancho starred in his second and third caps for England, which included an assist in the 3-0 win over the USA of Christian Pulisic, another talent to have emerged through the Bundesliga, and who has only just turned 20.

For young players looking to develop and improve, the Bundesliga truly is the place to be.

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