Hazard drops stay hint, Ancelotti hands Chelsea Insigne message, Zaha to replace winger, Sarri ripped, Eden decision backed
Lorenzo Insigne, Wilfred Zaha, Gonzalo Higuaín and Eden Hazard all have a part to play in Chelsea daily roundup
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists he’ll respect Eden Hazard’s decision in the summer.
Hazard’s contract expires at Chelsea at the end of next season, and there has been many reports in the media which have all suggested that the Belgian will not be signing a new contract to stay with Chelsea, with Real Madrid thought to be lurking.
Madrid were interested in a deal for Hazard last summer as they sought a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, But Chelsea had no intention of letting their star man go, and in the end new boss Maurizio Sarri convinced the Belgian to stay put.
But despite his sixteen goals this season and a number of match winning performances, all the headlines in the media have been about where Hazard will be going to during the summer transfer window, especially after he reportedly rejected the latest contract offer from Chelsea.
And although Sarri would love to keep Hazard at the club, the Italian coach has admitted that he will respect the decision from Hazard when he finally makes up his mind.
Asked about Hazard’s future, Sarri said: “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask the club. The problem is the new contract, he will go into the last season of his contract in the new season so I don’t know. In this moment for me it is not so important.
“I am really very happy with Eden because he is playing very well, he fights on the pitch. I want to respect his decision.” (READ MORE)
Former Chelsea hero Claude Makelele has slammed Maurizio Sarri for letting Alvaro Morata leave the club and replacing him with Gonzalo Higuaín.
Higuaín ended months of speculation about his future during the January transfer window after Sarri convinced the board to make a move and bring him to the Premier League, but his move has not worked out like many had hoped and the Juventus hitman has only netted four goals in his 12 appearances for the Blues.
His movement, pace and even quality in front of goal is no longer at that world class level and he has failed to adapt to the quality of the Premier League, which is a step above both La Liga and Seria A.
He was signed as an immediate replacement for Morata, who joined Athletic Madrid after a poor start to the season, But Makelele feels his former club were wrong to let the Spain international leave Stamford Bridge.
‘For me, the way I see it I think it depends on the manager and the way he wants to play football,’ Makelele told Stadium Astro.
‘Either with a target man or with a smart player moving, scoring goals, dribbling. We didn’t know exactly what the manager wanted [at the start].
‘He prefers Higuain because he’s more adapted with Hazard and Willian, he had him before, he knows Higuain very well, so he knows the mentality and spirit [of Sarri’s team].
‘But for me, the one is Morata, he’s a real striker. ‘He’s like [Karim] Benzema a little bit, technically soft, scores goals, not selfish, runs, I think he’s quicker than Higuain and Giroud.
‘It’s difficult [to adapt], it was hard to adapt in the beginning, I needed to change the way I played, the second ball there was always contact.
‘It was so different, you need to be a mix of a fighter and playing football one and two touch.
‘I think any manager who buys a player needs to have the identity of the club. ‘He understands why he’s been bought, he needs to be a fighter and play for his teammates.’ (Read more)
Chelsea star Eden Hazard hinted that he will STAY at the club following the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Hazard has been the man that Chelsea have turned too top keep them in the hunt for a Champions League spot and Europa League title this season, with the little Belgian scoring sixteen goals for the Blues.
But his goals, and performances, have caught the attentions of Real Madrid and the Spanish giants are reportedly very confident that they can acquire the services of the Belgian at the end of the season.
Chelsea do not want to lose their best players, but Hazard is out of contract at the end of next season and the hierarchy cannot afford to lose a player that could generate close to the £100 million mark.
However, despite all the reports suggesting that Hazard is leaving the club at the end of the season, the little Belgian dropped a massive hint that he could indeed stay at Stamford Bridge next season.
“Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every year,” he told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and me myself I want to play in the Champions League. We will.” (READ MORE)
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he will not stand in the way of players wanting to leave at the end of the season, with Chelsea target Lorenzo Insigne eyeing up a move.
If Chelsea do get their transfer ban overturned by the summer transfer window, then Maurizio Sarri will try and get Insigne signed up, as he is a massive fan, especially as he helped mould Insigne into the player he currently is.
The little forward is just the type of versatile striker that he needs to come in and help score some goals, especially since Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud are struggling to find the net on a regular basis.
And despite many reports in the media over the past few months all suggesting that Napoli want to keep hold of Insigne, Ancelotti has opened the door for Chelsea to seal a massive £60 million deal by announcing that he will not stand in the way of Inisigne leaving the club if he wants to go
Ancelotti said: “We don’t need to sell our best players. We can sign new players following our ideas.
“However, I am not going to block who wants to leave, I’ve never done it in my career.” (read more)
Chelsea could sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha to replace Eden Hazard, pundit Andy Gray claims.
Hazard may be having one of the best seasons during his time at Stamford Bridge, but all the headlines in the media have been dominated by whether or not he will be at the club for next season.
Hazard’s performances have only enhanced the interest of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who is keen to revamp his side in the coming windows and add some big named players to the squad, in order to close the La Liga gap on Barcelona.
And recent reports have suggested that the Spanish side are said to be confident of completing a deal for the Belgium international in a deal worth around £100 million, meaning Chelsea will need to acquire an adequate replacement,
And Gray reckons Crystal Palace’s Zaha could be the man who fills the void left by Eden Hazard, with the winger becoming one of the most creative and gifted wingers in the Premier League since his return back to the club.
Zaha has attracted interest from a whole host of top clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, and even recently admitted that he is now interested in playing Champions League football.
“Well they might buy Wilfried Zaha, somebody was suggesting to me,” Gray said.
“Maybe it [replacement for Hazard] is just the other side of London.”