Antonio Conte admitted he is not sure he will be able to keep some Chelsea stars at Stamford Bridge next summer.
Rumours were suggesting that Eden Hazard was targeted by Real Madrid and a move to the Blancos was possible for the Belgian forward, and Conte revealed the club will have the last say on this matter:
“It is impossible for me to take this responsibility. Not only for Eden but for every single player, it is the club that has the final decision. I can tell my opinion about this situation but the club has the final word, and it is right this.
“My opinion about Eden is that he is a great player and he has great talent and in this season he has improved a lot, not only on the pitch but also he is becoming mentally strong and at this level it is very important to try to have this step, because this step brings the best players in the world. I think Eden is starting to do this step.
“This season I am seeing a player with good maturity and a player who wants to be decisive during a game.”
Anyway, the Italian coach admitted Chelsea and him would love Hazard to stay:
“I don’t think this idea is the mind of the club because we have to improve the team, to reinforce the team, but you know in football there is also the will of the player but also I think Eden is very happy to be at Chelsea and stay and work with us. I can say this but for the future I do not have a crystal ball.
“The fans love him and there a lot of positive things that bring him to stay here and try to reach the best with this club, because the target for this club is to try to win in every competition you have to play.”
Speaking about tomorrow’s game against Everton and title race, he said:
“In this league we have to fight to the end. I know our fixtures and the difficulty for the games we have to face. For this reason, I am sure we have to fight to the end to win this title and who wins this title it will be by one or two points but not a lot.”