A move to Europe was beckoning him, with Leverkusen paying around £6m for his services in the summer of 2021. Just 18 months later, he could move again for a much higher fee.
The World Cup break came at a good time for Chelsea and head coach Potter, who took over from Thomas Tuchel in September. The West Londoners have not won in the Premier League since October 16 and entered the international tournament without having won any of their last five games in the top flight.
Chelsea are expected to be active in the January transfer window despite spending almost £300m on Todd Boehly’s first transfer window of the summer. There were eight newcomers to Stamford Bridge, but many of them have been disappointed.
Potter can also claim that some of them were Tuchel signings and that he should be given the chance to build a team in his image.
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