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Exclusive: As Chelsea, Man Utd circle Hamann says Wirtz 'best I've seen in decades'

Didi Hamann has praised Bayer Leverkusen youngster Florian Wirtz, stating that he hasn't seen a "better central midfielder at his age in decades".

The 18-year-old established himself as a first-team regular at Bayer Leverkusen last season following the departure of Kai Havertz to Chelsea.

Wirtz has taken another leap in his development with a stunning start to the 2021/22 campaign, having amassed six goals and five assists in eight matches.

Europe's biggest clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, have begun scouting Wirtz, who has already won three caps for Die Mannschaft.



And former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann has provided an emphatic assessment of the Bundesliga's newest star.

"He's a brilliant player, a different player to [Kai] Havertz, but he's playing very well so far for Leverkusen," Hamann told TribalFootball.com, on behalf of FreeSuperTips.

"The only thing he lacks is a yard of pace, but I think he makes up for it with the positions he takes up.

"He's stepped up so far, you can see he's a leader in this team with his performances in the early weeks of the season.

"I don't think I've seen a better central midfielder at his age in decades, that's how good I think he is."

German outlet BILD has reported that Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester City have also kept a close eye on Wirtz.

However, the player's father and agent, Hans-Joachim Wirtz, says his son is committed to seeing out his contract with Leverkusen, which expires in 2023.

"Florian definitely wants to play a good role in Leverkusen for the next two years. What comes next is not yet known," Hans-Joachim told BILD.

"His focus is now only on Bayer and the national team."


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