Renato Augusto on Kai Havertz: “He can be one of the best in the world.”

Speaking to Bayer Leverkusen’s official website, former midfielder Renato Augusto discussed the coronavirus pandemic and life in China, continuing to watch B04 during his spare time and the development of Kai Havertz.

“I really like what I’ve seen of him,” said Augusto. “He has quality, technique and is good at finishing. I think he can be one of the best players in the world in a few years – and he’s definitely one of the best players in the Bundesliga.”

The 32-year-old left Bayer in 2013 to join Corinthians before joining Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan in 2016, where he’s played ever since but the coronavirus pandemic has put football on hold.

“When the coronavirus pandemic broke out, I wasn’t in Chine and I didn’t even think of going back. The season hadn’t even started,” said the Brazilian. “We were given time off and were able to fly back home.”

The former Bayer Leverkusen playmaker still tries to watch his former side when possible: “Not all Bundesliga games are shown on Chinese TV. But, if I’ve got the time, I try to watch a game of two and get into it. Of course, it’s a club that was very special for me and is very close to my heart.”


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