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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the main candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Spanish outlet Marca claims.

The French manager resigned after winning three Champions League in a row, an all time record, for personal reasons.

The Spaniards were pursuing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he just signed an extension of his deal with the North London club.

According to Marca, Conte is now in pole position for the job, as his relationship with Chelsea directors has fallen out in the past year.

Despite winning the Premier League at his first attempt and the FA Cup in his second season, Conte and the board keep disagreeing on transfer market and club strategy.

 

Chelsea still have to finalise the deal with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc, despite agreeing terms several days ago, as they continue to wait for ex Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who is trying to close his contract with the Italian side without paying a penalty.

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Chelsea are edging closer to appoint former PSG manager Laurent Blanc after facing several problems in advanced talks with Maurizio Sarri, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Slavisa Jokanovic, who’s going to meet Fulham board in the next few weeks, remains a potential target to take over from Antonio Conte. The Italian boss is still in charge at the club, however is expected to be leaving the club soon.

Chelsea reportedly made Blanc their 2nd target to get the managerial job at Stamford Bridge.

Laurent Blanc, who previously played as a footballer with Manchester United, has not managed any football team since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.

Sarri’s future and potential appointment at Chelsea remains in limbo and reports in Italy believes a move is near to collapse after Chelsea told Maurizio Sarri they will not pay Napoli release clause.

 

 

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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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Eden Hazard wants to leave Chelsea after the team failed to qualify for next Champions League tournament.

According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, the Belgian doesn’t want to stay at Stamford Bridge because he reckons one season out of the European most important competition could ruin his career.

Don Balon reports that the winger feels it’s time to move on and there are several teams ready the 27-year-old: Manchester City are among the teams that have enquired about his situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

PSG and Bayern Munich have also asked to be kept informed about Hazard’s plans, while Real Madrid are still linked with the Belgium star.

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Thomas Tuchel is the new PSG manager after putting the pen to paper on a two-year deal, the Ligue 1 champions have announced through their official Twitter account.

With Unai Emery also linked with a move to Arsenal, Tuchel gets a new job following his sacking at Borussia Dortmund in May 2017.

It is understood Paris Saint-Germain were keen to appoint current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of current season, however the Italian boss definitely won’t travel to Paris.

SkySports reported this morning that Chelsea are also considering a move for Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino after the Spurs secured a spot in the next Champions League group stages.

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N’Golo Kante, Chelsea’s defensive midfielders since 2016 and bought for £32m, is one of the best midfielders in Europe. During this season, the French player has attracted interest from several clubs, especially from PSG who has confirmed his wish to bring him back in France but Blues’ number 7 explained his will to stay in London with Blues: “I am at home. It is my club, I am a Chelsea player”

“This is my second year at Chelsea. After what happened last season, it was a very good one for us because we got to celebrate winning the title.

He also commented Chelsea’s season and Blues’ goals: “In the second season, I have got to play in the Champions League and we are going again to finish in the top four.

“We will fight until the end to finish in the top four and to get in a Champions League position.

“We also have the FA Cup to play for – it is a good competition. Last season we failed in the final. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it.”

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Conte has declared several times his desire to leave the Blues’ helm at the end of the season and Chelsea’ board isn’t regret to lose Italian coach who doesn’t feel supported enough about his ambition.

Conte appears on wishes’ list of PSG to replace Unai Emery who probably will divorce with Parisian team, especially after latest failure in Champions League. The track Conte – PSG could be strengthened by today’s rumors from Paris.

According to L’Equipe Federico Pastorello, Conte’s agent, will meet PSG’ board next Tuesday before Champions’ match against Barcelona.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was one of the players who suffered a disappointing defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Belgian star admitted he has “no explanation” regarding Antonio Conte‘s choice to replace Eden Hazard with Pedro in the 73rd minute.

“I have no explanation for the substitution, I did not expect it – Courtois told Play Sports – But it’s the manager’s choice. He’ll explain it. I can’t look into his head. Of course, you want players like Eden 90 minutes on the pitch. He can always bring something extra.”

Meanwhile, Belgian TV station RTBF claimed today that Paris Saint Germain made an approach for the goalkeeper as Courtois’ father met with officials from the Ligue 1 giants on Monday.

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Speaking to Telefoot, Chelsea star Eden Hazard said he is happy in London at the moment, but also that anything in football could happen and, most of all, that he will change club only when he will decide to do so himself.

I still have two-and-a-half years left on my contract”. Hazard said. “I am very well there. The fans love me, my family enjoys life over here. We will see. In football anything can happen. But in football nothing can happen too. Every year they talk about Real or PSG. And when I want to change clubs, I will. But at the moment I’m good where I am.”

 

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Good news for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante who has been nominated French Football‘s French player of the year for 2017.

Kante, who won the Premier League title with the Blues, collected more votes than PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid player Karim Benzema who completed the top three.

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