Jamal Musiala has been hailed as a “fabulous player” and Chelsea were desperate to keep him contrary to reports.
The teenager has enjoyed a rapid rise and scored for Bayern Munich in their Champions League win over Lazio on Tuesday night.
Already Musiala is becoming a fixture in the Bavarian’s line-up and is poised to pick Germany over England on the international stage.
Gareth Southgate had been keen on the 17-year-old, but he is set to pick the country of his birth.
“He’s a fabulous player. This kid technically is exceptional,” Hargreaves said on BT Sport.
“17-years-old to be playing in a game like this, even for a team like Bayern is crazy. That’s his fourth goal this season.”
Musiala was on Chelsea’s books for eight years from 2011.
The perception is that the Blues allowed him to slip away, like they have done with a host of young players over the years.
But the reality is quite different with Bayern managing to tempt him to Germany, along with centre-half Bright Arrey-Mbi, in the summer of 2019.
Chelsea were keen for Musiala to stay put and offered him a new deal, reports football.london.
The 17-year-old though felt as if a move to the Allianz Arena would be better for his development.
He also saw a first team pathway, although the Blues have since bought through plenty of young talent.
Musiala left just before Frank Lampard arrived and it was the former manager who gifted a lot of the academy products their Chelsea debuts.
Bayern had been keen on Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the January of 2019.
They had several offers turned down, but it was during their period tracking him that chief scout Marco Neppe had become aware of Musiala.
Germany has also proved to be a great platform for young talent in recent years.
Before Musiala’s switch he had seen Jadon Sancho move to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City, a move that has reaped rewards.