Guus Hiddink’s press conference ahead of WBA’s clash live from Cobham:
“Diego Costa is ok, he got a strong contusion on the knee, but not in the joint so we were lucky. He was soon back to training. Remy has beeen back to train with the group since two days, Hazard is not ok: he was on the pitch today with the physios but he is still not available.
“We want to have him fit. It’s better a little bit late than too early.”
“For me to perform good is a sign of freshness, Hazard had some physical problems this year, if you see yesterday the Ballon d’Or, these people have freshness every year”
“All the players get proper attention, also individually, but we will give Hazard the time to come back”
“I’m aware that Ivanovic is talking for his renewal, but I don’t have any announcement to do.
“If we think we have to do a move in the market to cover some position, it stays between the board and me.
“So far, it didn’t seem to me that the market has been so busy.
“We have made a good sequence of result in the previous games, we hope to continue, now we got a busy schedule, if we can go with that it’s a good point.
“I think for the Ballon d’Or you have to establish yourself not just for one season. Hazard is capable for the future, but there are huge demands”
“I think Messi can be successful in the Premier League, anywhere, what I like of him is that he’s always hungry, he is excellent, so nice to see, so easy, that’s way he’s nice to see.
“We have a lot of games to go and I was happy with Loftus-Cheek’s performance last Saturday, he has still to get experience, but whenever it’s possible he will have his chance. He has to mature, but that’s ok.
“Have I ever been bored watching my teams? You cannot play every game in the season as an exciting game, you cannot expect it.
“We have to go step by step, and also young players will have chances.
“Some of our youngsters are getting better every day, Kenedy is one of those young guys, I think he did very well in the last game when he entered, I like his penetration, for the moment he will stay at least until the end of the season.
“Youngsters must have basic qualities to get chances.”