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Eden Hazard is waiting for Chelsea to choose their next manager before deciding on his future:

“At the moment I only focus on the World Cup,” he claimed speaking to Sky Sports before heading to Russia with Belgium.

“We had a bad season with Chelsea. We won the FA Cup at the end, so it was a little bit better but I’m only focused on the World Cup.

“Then I let the board manage Chelsea the best way that they can,” he revealed.

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In recent weeks, striker Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Today, the Juventus‘ player, speaking to TNT Sport admitted a move to England and, maybe, London, is strong possibility for his future.

Would I like to play in the Premier League one day? Of course, yes, it is the best league in the world and it fascinates me a lot,” Higuain said.

On the other hand, Higuan also explained no one at Juventus had told him he has to leave the club this summer: “I have a contract with Juventus and no one has told me anything different. I am very calm, my soul stays in Turin for now”, he continued.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was pictured in Turin for the second time in the last few days.

The Spanish star already played two season with Juventus and, according to some speculations he could sign again for the Italian champions during the imminent summer transfer window.

However, Morata himself explained his visit to Turin has nothing to do with Juventus and football.

“We’re here to attend a birthday party,” Morata told SportMediaset. “Right now I don’t know anything about my future. Right now I’m just thinking about my holidays.”

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Maurizio Sarri is no longer Napoli manager, as the Azzurri appointed former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti today.

The deal was confirmed a couple of hours ago and now Sarri is free to look for a new club.

Yesterday he was close to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg and that was the reason why Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to open a quick negotiation with Ancelotti, who signed in less than 24 hours, but today reports from Italy suggest that Chelsea are trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has been keeping tracks of the coach that almost guided Napoli to an historical Scudetto this year for months and tomorrow Sarri’s entourage is expected to meet Chelsea directors to discuss about a possible deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea has to find a way to part ways with Antonio Conte, who has still got a year on in contract and doesn’t want to break it without a payout.

 

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Italian TV  Premium Sport reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will part ways with the club in the next few hours.

Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after having managed the Italian national team at Euro 2016: he won the Premier League during his debut season but failed even to reach the top four in this one, a frustration partially mitigated by the success in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the past weekend.

According to Premium, the termination of the manager’s contract is a contentious issue though, as the club wants to end it by mutual consent but Conte intends to get sacked to cover also the year left on the deal or to get a good payout.

It’s well known that the Italian boss’ relationship with Chelsea board fell out in the last months, mainly because Conte reckons it wasn’t given enough credit to his work and also because he wasn’t trusted during transfer market negotiations.

Possible substitutes to replace him are former AS Roma and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri seems keen to join Zenit St. Petersburg at the moment.

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Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup was a well deserved for Chelsea players after a weird season with may up and downs.

The Belgian keeper also reveals that the dressing room stick with Antonio Conte, but also stressed that the responsibility to decide on the manager’s future belongs to the club.

“I believe it was a very hard game, I made a couple of good saves,” Courtois said after Chelsea secured their 8th FA Cup today.

“It was a season with many up and downs so we are happy for this achievement.

“Conte won a title and a FA Cup in two years, he did what the club wanted.

“We get along with him and it’s the club that have to take a decision about his future, but we have no problems with him.”

 

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Antonio Conte called himself ” a serial winner” after securing his second trophy as a Chelsea manager in two seasons.

The Blues won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United today thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half and the Italian coach thanked his players and the Chelsea fans after this triumph but he”forgot” to thank the club, with whom he hadn’t a great relationship in this last campaign.

“To win in England is never easy, in two years is not easy to win the title and the FA Cup facing really good rivals like Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United is not easy,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“I believe today we won because we worked very well tactically and we were committed: I’ve always seen their commitment, there have been rumours since the first half.

“I am really happy for the supporters and the players, they always showed me a great will and sacrifice, I guess this win is really valuable because Manchester United is better than us in this moment. I have to thanks my players and the fans for this success.

“My future? I don’t change my position, it’s always the same. 

“I didn’t want to hear any other offer because my position has been always the same, since January: to continue here

“I showed to be a serial winner winning the title and FA Cup here in UK: it’s not easy to do that, also because here the title is not assigned before the championship starts.”

 

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Chelsea hero Roberto Di Matteo is convinced Roman Abramovich should keep faith with Antonio Conte also in the next season.

The manager brought the Champions League to Stamford Bridge on this day in 2011/12 campaign. Di Matteo has no doubt it will be a “fantastic clash” at Wembley with “Mourinho against his past”, as Hernan Crespo told us in mixed zone as well.

 

“Who will win the final? Of course I will cheer for Chelsea, Robbie said to ChelseaNews24 reporter after the legends game at Stamford Bridge last night “But I am sure it will be a great game, the two clubs have got a great history in this competition.

“It will  be a great game, Wembley is always a wonderful stadium where they play big matches, I hope Chelsea will win.

“I say, again, that would be fair to continue with Antonio [Conte] for the stability of the club and also because he gave a good foundation to the team and the club itself.”

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Hernan Crespo believes today’s FA Cup final against Manchester United will be crucial for Chelsea future, since also Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge career will depend on the result of this important clash:

“I hope tomorrow Chelsea win because ‘once a Blues, always a Blues,” the former Inter and Chelsea player said to ChelseaNews24 after legends game at Stamford Bridge last night.

“It will be a great match because it’s a face to face with Mourinho and Conte, Mourinho against his past…so it will be great, the atmosphere will be great in Wembley.

“I think that something can change in the future of Antonio Conte, it all depends from tomorrow´s [ today´s] result, then…it could be a great match!”

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Eden Hazard has warned Chelsea to sign players who will let them challenging in the title race if they want him to commit his future to the club.

Hazard has two years left on his present contract and is considering whether to sign a lucrative extension that would keep him at Stamford Bridge for the remaining prime years of his career.

The Belgian star, anyway, is frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League and, as we explained also yesterday, he is also a real target for clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain.

 Asked what it would take to stay with Chelsea in the long-term, Hazard replied:
“I’m waiting for new players next season. We will see.

“I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League. I want to win a lot of things.”

This would be Hazard’s last big contract and the forward has no intention of rushing his decision, despite reports that Chelsea are willing to pay him around £300,000 ( € 430,000 ) per week.

That’s why I’m taking my time. It’s something big. I need to think of a lot of things. One thing for sure is I’m happy here.

“We can’t be in the Champions League next season so we need to win trophies. That’s it.

“I say many times before I think it is not my last game. It’s the last game of the season, that’s it.

“After the World Cup then we will be ready for the next season.

“But for me, in my mind, I’m here, I have one week to play now. Saturday is a massive game. I just want to win for me and them also.”

Hazard reveals the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had no impact on the squad.

Conte is expected to leave at the end of the season after his relationship with the club’s board was ruined by their failure to back his transfer plans.

“We don’t think about that. We’re just focused on the game,” Hazard claimed.

“We have one game to play and then we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”

“I need two more trophies, Champions League and FA Cup. That’s it,” Hazard said about the trophies he is missing in his personal cabinet.

“We’re Chelsea. We need trophies at the end of the season.

“At the moment we have nothing. We have not qualified for the Champions League. So the season has been bad.

“If we can’t be in the Champions League we need the trophy.

“It’s up to us to save the season with the FA Cup. I’ve never won the FA Cup. I hope this year is for me and for Chelsea. We will give everything.”

Chelsea and Hazard will face their former boss José Mourinho this weekend and the Portuguese has been criticised for conservative tactics this season, but Hazard expects United to pose a stern test.

“We know how he will play. We all know that. That’s why we need to be ready,” he concluded.

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