Hazard can leave, Sarri, Rahman deal done, Rabiot hijacking, Hudson-Odoi to stay in Chelsea Wednesday news and gossip
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Maurizio Sarri has sensationally announced Real Madrid target Eden Hazard can leave the club if he wants too.
Hazard almost left Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window but stayed after Sarri convinced him to stay put and help Chelsea get back to the very top of the game, but that has not stopped speculation that he will departing the club at the end of the season.
Reports have claimed Hazard is holding off signing a new contract at Chelsea as he is waiting for Madrid to make an offer, with reports suggesting they have made the Belgian their top transfer target for the summer.
And although Sarri and Chelsea would like to keep Hazard at the club, the Blues manager says Hazard is entitled to decide his own future.
“The situation of Eden is different,” Sarri told Sky Sports news.
“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go.
“Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here.
“He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”
Chelsea have announced left-back Baba Rahman has joined Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims for the rest of the season.
The Ghana international had his loan stint at Schalke 04 cut short earlier this month after managing just two appearances in the Bundesliga this season, and he had hoped that he may get a chance to impress under Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian lacking left-backs at the club.
However, that will not be the case and Rahman has once again been sent out on-loan to get some much needed game time, and will now spend the remainder of the season in the French top flight after the French side announced that a deal had been wrapped up.
The French club Tweeted: “Eh oui, Baba est cool ! #Mercato #WelcomeB
He had initially spent the last two seasons with the Royal Blues but has struggled for form since he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury he suffered during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations outing with Ghana.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told he will not be sold by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
The young man has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few weeks after rumours emerged which suggested Bayern were looking to seal a £40 million deal and take him to the Bundesliga, as a replacement for Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
However, Chelsea have rejected all offers for the young man and have even rejected his transfer request as they have hopes that he will eventually sign a new contract with the club.
Nevertheless, the winger is still pushing to leave, but Sarri has opened up and claimed that Hudson-Odoi is ‘going nowhere’.
Sarri said on the Sky Sports website: “On the pitch he’s doing very well. I’m really very happy with him. I’m not very happy with the situation, but I know very well that every big team here in England has the same problem.
“It’s not easy to keep these young players. He is of course one of the best 18-year-old players in Europe, so it’s very, very difficult. The club told me he’s out of the market for sure and probably he will be out of the market in July.”
Hudson-Odoi has just 18 months remaining on his deal in west London but there is reports in the media which have claimed the Blues have offered the young man a massive £85,000-a-week to commit his immediete future to the club.
inance boffin Kieran Maguire has claimed Chelsea could look to hijack Arsenal’s possible move for Adrien Rabiot.
After months of talks about a possible new deal at PSG, Rabiot could not agree new terms over a new contract at the French giants and has asked to leave the club this month or at the end of the season, with Arsenal extremely interested in a deal.
Recent reports suggetsed Gunners boss Unai Emery was desperate to reignite with his former player and already had a deal in place to try and secure his services ahead of Juventus, Liverpool and now Chelsea.
However, Maguire has claimed a move to Stamford Bridge is a more viable venue for Rabiot, telling Starsport: “I think he’d be ideal for Arsenal.
“But they are struggling really.
“Chelsea is more of a potential venue as well.
“I can’t see [Manchester] United or [Manchester] City coming in for him.
“It’s a relatively small group of teams looking at that particular price level.”