Courtois has £100m Hazard message and Zola defends Chelsea over Hudson-Odoi
Belgian star Thibaut Courtois wants Chelsea ace Eden Hazard to join him at Real Madrid, after sealing his move to the Bernabeu.
Courtois initially moved to Stamford Bridge from Belgian side Genk in the summer of 2011, before spending three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he was part of a team that won a number of trophies, including the La Liga title in 2014.
He then got his chance at Stamford Bridge and has become one of the worlds very best stoppers after helping the club to two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.
However, after angering Blues fans by leaving the club in such disrespectful fashion, he has now welcomed the idea former team-mate Hazard could join him at the Bernabeu.
“It would be nice of course [if Hazard joined Real], but I cannot say much about it,” Courtois told VTM Nieuws.
“But Eden is a top player and also my buddy, so if he came here it would be fun, but he has to make his choices.”
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Despite all the rumours, speculation and Hazard coming out and admitting he now fancies a fresh challenge in the game, the Belgian superstar did not get his mega money move away from the club as Maurizio Sarri convinced him to stay for at least one more season.
However, there is some speculation that Hazard will leave for Madrid at the end of the season, meaning Courtois may get his wish to see the Belgian make the move.
Meanwhile, Gianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea’s treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest talents in the Premier League and is tipped to become a real star of the game, but there has been constant speculation in the media which has suggested that he wants to leave the club.
Reports during the January window claimed that he was fed up with the lack of game time he has been receiving this season and he reportedly wanted to join Bayern Munich last month, but Chelsea were not prepared to do any kind of transfer deal.
But Zola has rejected claims that the club should be doing more to make him feel valued at the club, telling the Sky Sports website: “As soon as there is an opportunity he plays, sometimes from the beginning. The manager is giving plenty of reasons for him to feel involved and wanted,”
“There are not many 18-year-olds at top clubs in Europe who are playing as much as him. On top of that, he is a player that we appreciate and believe is growing up.
“He has a bright future at this club. All of the coaching group likes him. You need to understand he is surrounded by top players and you have to work hard to be better than them. That’s what we want from him, to make sure he keeps improving because he can do better.”
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