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Eden Hazard could have played his last game for Chelsea tonight.

The Belgian player, who scored a brace in the Europa League final against Arsenal, hinted to a move when interviewed on the pitch after the final whistle:

The Belgian, 28, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and said that he is now “waiting on both clubs’ decision” after “taking my own decision, who I’ve communicated to both clubs.”

I think it’s a goodbye, but in football you never know,” he told BT Sport after winning his second Europa League in 6 years with Chelsea ( the previous one was in 2013, in his first season at Stamford Bridge)

“We will decide in a few days, the only target in my mind was to win this final.”

Then he added: “Maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.

“My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs.”

Hazard joined the Blues for £32m from Lille in summer 2012 and made 352 appearances in seven years, scoring a total of 110 goals, the latest ones tonight in the Baku final.

 

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Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain says he would like to stay at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Argentinian player, 31, joined the Blues on loan until the end of the season from Juventus in January.

Last week, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said Higuain – who has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances – “needs more time to improve”.

“I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season,” Higuain said in an interview to Chelsea website.

“I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself, so my intention is to stay here.”

Higuain scored twice on his home debut against Huddersfield in February, but his last goal was in the Blues’ 2-1 win over Fulham in March.

Chelsea have the option to buy him for 36m euros (£31.3m), or to extend his loan deal until June 2020 for 18m euros (£15.6m).

“I’m happy here, it’s always nice to try a new league and it’s my first taste of the Premier League, ” Higuain continued.

“Obviously it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well.

“The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League too.”

Eden Hazard is reportedly one Real Madrid‘s top targets for next summer transfer window and with just a year left on his contract, Chelsea could be forced to sell him or risk losing their star player for free next year.

The Belgium international was at his brilliant best on Monday evening as he scored twice, including one sublime solo effort, to secure Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham.

During the match, Hammers’ supporters were taunting their Chelsea rivals by singing ‘he’s off to Madrid’.

But when asked about the chants after the game, Hazard told Sky Sports:

“They are wrong. For now I am just focusing on Chelsea until the end of the season.

“I want to finish top four and Europa League, we still have a lot to do and then we will see.

“We are in good momentum. We have won three in a row. For the mentality, it is good to keep going.

“Top four and the Europa League is our target so we need to do well in both but we can do it.”

Speaking about his sublime solo goal, Hazard said:

“It was something special: I took the ball and then I tried to move forward. In the box it was hard for the defender to challenge me because if he touches me it could be a penalty.

“I was maybe a little lucky with the shot. I wanted to shoot quickly.

“When I saw the ball in the net I was just so happy. I am small so it is good when I play against tall players as it’s very hard for them to change direction.”

 

 

 

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Tonight Chelsea will face Bournemouth, but in his pre-game press conference the Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri spoke about the transfer market, comparing the situations of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eden Hazard:

The situation of Eden [compared to Hudson-Odoi] is different,” he told reporters. “Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go. Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here”.

The Italian also underlined once again how the Belgian star is not playing at his best and he cans still improve: “He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment”. Sarri went on. “Sometimes he’s happy with something less. It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best.”

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The Guardian claims that the FIFA investigation into Chelsea‘s transfer dealings involves ‘over 100 young player cases’ with the club set to find out whether they will be banned from the market for two years.

Officers from FIFA’s Integrity and Compliance unit have spent over three years investigating into these cases: at first, it was  thought that the number of cases being probed was around 25, however now the number has increased and it is believed the cases can be over 100.

According to French online news site Mediapart, one of the organisations publishing the findings of Football Leaks, Chelsea could be punished with a fine of £45,000 and an embargo on all signings to cover a total of four transfer windows, from next summer to summer 2021, with the club back on transfer market in January 2021.

The unit have delved not only into how players are transferred but how they are being registered at the club’s academy.

The disciplinary committee is now closing in on its decision, which means the West London club will find out soon whether they will face any financial sanctions or a transfer market ban. Should they be found guilty, the club would have the right to an appeal to FIFA and then to the court of arbitration for sport.

FIFA are investigating other Premier League clubs for similar breaches.

Chelsea on Wednesday night said: “The club has fully co-operated with FIFA and has provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with FIFA regulations. We will not comment further.”

A FIFA spokesman added: “Investigations were opened concerning Chelsea as well as other English clubs. No further information can be provided.

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After helping Chelsea go through FA Cup last 16 with a goal in the 3-0 against Sheffield Wednesday Callum Hudson-Odoi spoke about his future.

The Blues talent has recently been linked to Bayern Munich, who would like to sign him before this window transfer window ends:

Asked if that was his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt, Hudson-Odoi told the BBC:

“I don’t know, I can’t say. But you know I just keep working hard and you never know what happens.”

He was then asked if he’d spoken to Bayern Munich at all, he added:

“I can’t say. I haven’t, I haven’t chatted.”

Speaking about the goal he scored, he said:

“I think that’s definitely one of my highlights. It was a great game today. I think Andreas [Christensen] found me well, saw the run and it was nice to top it off with a goal as well.”

Turning to man-of-the-match Willian, who was also being interview, he joked: “I learnt it from him as well!”

 

 

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues.

Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said. ‘We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals. He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total. For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here”.

Not only Higuain, according to Sarri, will help Chelsea with his goals, but also thanks to his winning mentality, the aspect about which the Italian manager has strongly criticised his players in the last few days.

He wants to win all the time, in any situation”. Sarri went on. “As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level at Juventus.”

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Italian website TopCalcio24 published an exclusive picture of Gonzalo Higuain at Milano Malpensa airport before traveling to London to undergo Chelsea medical this morning.

The Argentina international is supposed to be doing his medical tests at this right moment we are writing.

He will then sign his Chelsea contract and later he will probably join his new team-mates in Cobham to train for the first time as a Blues.

Maurizio Sarri, who already coached Higuain at Napoli three years ago, would like to make him debut in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal against Tottenham tomorrow night.

 

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While Chelsea‘s fans are waiting for the signing of Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid, once again Eden Hazard hasn’t ruled out the chance of a future with Real Madrid.

When asked by France Football about his move to the current champions of Europe, the Blues’ star claimed:

Why not? I’ve seen all there is to see”. Hazard explained. “I‘ve won everything here: the two cups, the league, apart from the Community Shield, but that doesn’t mean I am going to leave. I have always said that, after England, I wanted to discover something else. But there are things that could make me stay too. I’m not far off the peak of my career, that’s sure. Even if things can always be better, that’s for sure too. I am at a crossroads, yes. We are going to take the right turn.”

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Alvaro Morata was officially ruled out for tonight game against Spurs “for a minor hamstring problem in training this morning” as Chelsea media reported.

But there are reason to believe this might not be the truth.

In fact the Spaniard has been recently linked to Seville and it’s possible he is travelling to Andalucia in these hours to have a medical and seal the transfer.

Morata had gone through some tough times at Stamford Bridge in the past months: it seems he fell out with manager Maurizio Sarri and with most past of Chelsea fans, that are disappointed with some of his recent bad performances.

Within hours we will know what happens in the former Real Madrid striker’s future.

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