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Maurizio Sarri has praised also Chelsea star Eden Hazard in his first press conference since being appointed as the new Blues’ manager.

The Italian has admitted he hopes he can “improve him too” at Stamford Bridge despite several reports from Spain believes both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be heading to Real Madrid in the next few weeks.

However, Sarri said: “I was not talking about having fun in a press conference, but on the pitch and during the week and want to win matches.

Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players. I would like to have fun during the week with him, this would mean good results and being competitive at the end of the season”.

“I hope I will manage to improve him, this is very difficult as he is at a high level”.

Also winger Dries Mertens became crucial in Napoli’s front three as he was transformed into a centre- forward at the age of 30. He managed to score 68 goals from 170 games with the Azzurri.

Sarri added: “With Mertens it is different. Dries had been an external striker, everybody thought by necessity he became a high level player. They are two top players, I hope I will improve Hazard too, but this will be very difficult”.

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Real Madrid are set to place massive bid to land both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to Santiago Bernabeu, according to several reports from England, Italy and Spain.

The Belgian duo, who’s currently on vacation following their 3rd place at the World Cup in Russia, are reportedly keen on a move to La Liga giants.

Courtois recently said:  “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go. We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between. Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”

Moreover, Gianluca Spinelli has joined Paris Saint-Germain and this means the Belgian star will have former Napoli’s Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach if he remains at Stamford Bridge.

Also Hazard gave an important update on his potential exit from the club as he told Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. 

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

 “We all know that I have always felt good at Chelsea, so…. I have been linked with all the big clubs in the past. Barcelona? Next week it will be Bayern. No I’m joking. You all know what my preferred destination is”.

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Belgian star Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove Award of Russia 2018. The Chelsea goalkeeper conceded 6 goals from 7 games.

He told journalists after the game against England: “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go. We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between. Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”

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Also Thibaut Courtois spoke following Belgium’s 2-0 win to England in their last game at World Cup 2018.

The goalkeeper, when asked if a departure from Chelsea is likely, told Het Laatste Nieuws: “Now I’m going to talk to my agent to see what the possibilities are. All options are open for me. I may also stay at Chelsea,”

“People always complain that players don’t comply with their contracts, but maybe they do.

“I don’t think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I don’t sign [a new contract]. But maybe [staying] is possible, because I like it in London.”

Eden Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, where Courtois’ children still live.

He added: “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along, we will not let each other go. We’ll see.”

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed he could consider to leave the club this summer as Real Madrid are plotting a club-record £200m move to land the Belgium international to Santiago Bernabeu.

He has told Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. 

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

 “We all know that I have always felt good at Chelsea, so…. I have been linked with all the big clubs in the past. Barcelona? Next week it will be Bayern. No I’m joking. You all know what my preferred destination is”.

It is understood Chelsea are closing in on a £35m move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, with also Aleksandr Gloving interested in a move to Stamford Bridge under newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian man, who put the pen to paper on a deal with the Blues on Friday, is expected to have provided a full list of targets as the summer transfer window close for Premier League clubs at 5pm on Thursday August 9.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a new Juventus player: the Portuguese ace left Real Madrid to move to the Italian side in a £ 99.2m deal.

CR7 spent nine successful years at the Santiago Bernabéu, winning 4 Champions League, 2 Spanish titles,  2 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Fifa World Club Cup scoring 451 goals .

An unexpected move that add value to the Serie A and stop rumours about Ronaldo returning to Manchester United in this transfer window.

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will turn attention to Chelsea star Eden Hazard if both bids for Neymar and Mbappé are rejected, according to Spanish publication AS.

It is understood the Belgium international,  who’s set to face France in the World Cup semi-finals tomorrow night, would be keen to make a move to Real Madrid happen.

While talks between Chelsea and Napoli about the potential appointment of Maurizio Sarri are still ongoing, the Spain giants may turn to Hazard if Paris Saint-Germain remain reluctant to sell their two stars.

With Cristiano Ronaldo edging ever closer to Juventus, Real Madrid are keen to fill the gap with an international star: will they choose Eden Hazard?

Diario Gol also reported earlier this morning that Florentino Perez is set to give him an undisclosed shirt number and has already picked up it ahead of a potential move.

 

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Later today Chelsea star Eden Hazard will play with Belgium vs Panama in his first game of Russia 2018 World Cup.

Speaking with French paper L’Equipe, Hazard himself gave “contrasting” messages on his future.

The Belgian player on the one hand said he is “focused on the World Cup,” but, on the other, admitted: “Real Madrid can interest me, everyone knows that. But if tomorrow this club does not want me, we will no longer speak about it. If they want to buy me they know what they have to do”.

However, at the moment, Hazard is a Chelsea player and first, of all, he wants to know what it is going to happen with the London club: “I won everything in London except the Champions League. If I’m here in my career, it’s thanks to Chelsea. the Belgian star explained.  “To say that I am going would be too easy and so first of all I want to see what will happen at Chelsea ahead of next season. I want to see if the coach stays or not. If it is going to Madrid just to go there for the sake of it then no. I need a project and at Chelsea I have one.” 

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Current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte won’t leave Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid as the La Liga giants have appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new manager.

Lopetegui will take the reins at Santiago Bernabeu when the World Cup ends in July, as Real Madrid confirmed on his official website.

Antonio Conte is expected to leave Chelsea and both Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc look set to replace him. However, the Italian manager’s future remain uncertain and the club must pay a £9.5m compensation if he is dismissed a year before his deal expires.

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

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