Anything but a donkey on the football field, Kai Havertz can not get enough of the furry creatures off it.

Chelsea’s new German winger, with lightning pace and dazzling skills, is pure grace with the ball at his feet.

But if way out of the ordinary when flying along the flanks, Havertz is pretty unusual regarding his passions and pastimes away from the beautiful game.

After all, it is hard to think of many superstar roundball talents declaring a deep love for donkeys - amid a wider interest in animal welfare on our planet.

Havertz, 21, a £75million summer buy from Bayer Leverkusen, revealed: “My family and I support things like animals - this is very important for me.

Havertz has admitted that he has a keen eye for animal welfare

“I try my best to help people help animals. In the future it will be an even bigger thing for me.

“From my first years as a kid, my favourite animal was always the donkey. It was a dream for me some day to have one.

“I am very lucky - and now is a good opportunity to help save donkeys from the butcher or the circus and things like that.

“Of course, football is one of the most important things in my life. But, to be honest, there are many more important things in life than football.

“And animals are very important for the world. I want them to have a better life.”

Havertz says that growing up, his favourite animal was the donkey
Havertz is an intelligent young man and plays the piano in his spare time

Premier League defenders will be praying he shows them similar consideration during his debut campaign on English shores.

But despite the comments that football is not a life-and-death matter, Havertz, rest assured, is hell-bent on giving champions Liverpool a good kicking this afternoon - metaphorically.

Certainly, the significance of such a monster showdown this early into the season is not lost on the Blues playmaker.

And the same goes for the feats of Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield hot-seat.

Ending the Reds’ 30-year title drought has further enhanced the German coach’s already-high standing in his homeland.

Havertz speaks to his new manager Lampard in training

Havertz, with seven caps for his country, went on: “Klopp’s a very, very big manager. He has achieved a lot at Liverpool.

“He won the Premier League and the Champions League. I have watched all of this. You can only say congratulations.

“But I think he’s hungry and wants more titles. That’s the reason why we have to play our best on Sunday.

“It’ll be a very hard game for us, but for them as well because we have a very good team.”

Havertz smashed Bundesliga records galore during his rapid rise up the Leverkusen ranks. He rattled 36 goals in 186 league games for the club.

Havertz is a fun personality - but determined for success on the pitch
The German made his competitive debut against Brighton last week

But unlike so many young German starlets, who more often than not join Bayern Munich, he bucked the trend by choosing Stamford Bridge - along with compatriot hitman Timo Werner.

“Of course, it’s a very big step. But I like to do things that not everybody will do,” explained Havertz.

“It’s very exciting to be in another league and learn another culture. The career is not that long, maybe 10 to15 years, and I have this new goal.

“In the end, Chelsea give me everything. It’s a big project and I love to play with young players.

Havertz is hoping to lead Chelsea to success in the Premier League

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“Maybe it needs a few games for me to play some good football but I’m here just seven days.”

If things do not click immediately, Havertz can console himself with another of his non-footballing hobbies - the piano.

“My grandma always had a piano and I was playing from three-years old,” he went on. “It’s fun and makes me feel comfortable.”

Doubt he will be playing the Blues too long.