Ralf Rangnick has named Chelsea’s ‘modern Johan Cruyff’ amid Manchester United talks

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Manchester United-bound Ralf Rangnick has previously compared Chelsea starlet Kai Havertz to a modern-day Johan Cruyff.

According to our sister title the Manchester Evening News, Rangnick is set to be named as United’s interim manager in the coming days following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last weekend.

However, the German coach won’t be in the managerial dugout for Sunday’s clash against the Blues, with Michael Carrick leading the Red Devils out at Stamford Bridge instead.

The former RB Leipzig boss will be watching on as the Red Devils look to deal Thomas Tuchel’s side their first league defeat in over two months – when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City back in September.

Tuchel has made it no secret of his admiration for Rangnick, who has influenced him throughout his coaching career and his mentor has previously hailed the man who scored the goal to clinch the former Borussia Dortmund boss the UEFA Champions League trophy last season.

Speaking to Sky Sports in September 2020, Rangnick said: “I have no doubts whatsoever that he (Havertz) will become a sustainable success and that he will become one of the top players in the next two or three years.

“Maybe, he will need a couple of weeks to get adjusted because he has a fantastic family background. I know that because I was also trying to convince him to join us at Leipzig, but he was completely dedicated to Bayer Leverkusen.

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“He’s one of those players where I don’t see any weaknesses in his game. He’s the type of modern Johan Cruyff – he can score goals and he can provide assists.

“He can play as a nine or nine-and-a-half. I don’t see him as a winger but in the central area of the pitch, he’s extremely valuable. I have no doubt that this transfer will prove to be a success story for Chelsea and for Kai.

“His best position is either a No 10 or in a 4-3-3, he can play as one of the two offensive No 8s in midfield. He’s very versatile and almost the complete offensive midfielder with a complete 360-degree radar to score goals and provide assists.

“It’s only a question of time for the whole league to see what kind of player Chelsea have signed.”

Source by Football London

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