Kai Havertz has been warned to consider his next move carefully and be prepared to snub Liverpool if they cannot offer him first-team football.
That is the view of former Germany defender Jens Nowotny, who feels a transfer to one of Europe's elite may be damaging for the youngsters development.
Havertz has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield, but is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old looked likely to be sold this summer and has teased a move to either side, but Nowotny feels Havertz may be better served staying put or where he can be guaranteed a regular start.
"He is on the way to becoming a world-class player. He has huge potential," Nowotny told Goal and Spox .
"Another year in Leverkusen would certainly not hurt him. For his personal development as a player and as a person it would be good for him to be in an environment in which he feels comfortable – and that's the case in Leverkusen. Otherwise he would not have already spent 10 years at the club.
"To fulfil his potential, the next step is very, very important. He has to ask himself questions: are there clubs where he can develop if there is a possible change? Or are there only clubs where he has to arrive and function as a finished player?
"On the one hand, you need coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, who can take him further. On the other hand, such a coach also has to work for a club where he is allowed to develop."
Havertz continued to catch the attention in Germany with another impressive performance on Monday.
The midfielder bagged a first-half brace for Bayer Leverkusen in their 4-1 drubbing of Werder Bremen on the return of the Bundesliga.
Nowotny is not the only former Germany star to discuss Havertz's future publicly.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack also offered his two cents on the situation, and said Havertz should remain with Leverkusen for the time being.
"Players with his quality are in demand everywhere," Ballack told SportBild. "But I think he’s in good hands in Leverkusen.
"The conditions there are perfect for young top players and their development. Bayer play attractive football and their training facilities are very good.
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