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Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane emerged as a potential candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri, should the Italian boss fail to gain the trust of Chelsea board facing sack from his role, according to several reports in England.

The Frenchman, who won three Champions League titles in a row with Los Blancos, left the club last summer and is believed to be considering the prospect of working in the Premier League in a near future.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer widely improving Manchester United’s results (despite their recent UCL defeat against Paris Saint-Germain) a move to Old Trafford looks unlikely before the end of current season.

We reported yesterday Maurizio Sarri should be given at least an additional month to persuade Roman Abramovich he’s the right man to lead Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri has a month to gain the trust of Chelsea board


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Thomas Lemar is set to join Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee as the two clubs have reached a “preliminary agreement” ahead of a permanent move to Spain. Both AS Monaco and the La Liga giants have confirmed the deal is yet to be completed

The France International, who has been previously linked also with a move to Premier League (Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly interested in the 22-year-old), was expected to join Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave the club earlier this month.

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Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir sealed a 2-0 home win against Republic of Ireland in Paris tonight.

The Frenchman and Chelsea striker, who joined the Blues from Arsenal in January transfer window, has now scored as many goals for France (31) as Zinedine Zidane did.

Giro’s compatriot and Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante, who did not feature against ROI at Stade de France, told the club’s official website: “You have to think like a team. We cannot be happy about it because we didn’t reach all our targets, but we finished in the best way by winning the FA Cup final. That means a lot. It was a beautiful moment, and a team effort. We suffered together.”

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Chelsea are monitoring Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente, despite president Florentino Perez has reportedly rejected the Blues’ first bid for the 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Alaves.

Chelsea are also in advanced talks to sign midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester, as we reported recently.

Llorente would be a midfield addition as manager Antonio Conte wants a more signings to replace Nemanja Matic, with Champions League group stages upcoming.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane rates Llorente as a back-up for Casemiro.


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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard gave an interview in which he described his path from childhood fascination with football to the current professional game at the Blues.

Hazard gave an interview to Chelsea official website to speak about this :

What age were you when you first started playing?

I was around four. I started playing at home, in the garden, and I tried to learn some skills from watching videos at a very early age.

At what age did you master keepy-uppies?

I was probably six or seven when I first started trying to do them but obviously at first, and when you are young, it’s difficult. I started trying to do them with one bounce in between each volley and I managed to do quite a lot, and then I gradually managed to build it up, so that was a good way to learn.

When did you start playing matches?

When I was five I played for a team in my village and that was my first team. My godfather was the manager and I joined them but I was the youngest player in the whole team.

What particular skill did you work on most as a kid?

The nutmeg, which is known as panna in French, and also another skill which Zidane used to do when he would spin on the ball. I still like the nutmeg, Oscar did three at Tottenham on Sunday, it’s a good skill to use.

Outside Chelsea, who are the most skilful players you have played with or against?

I played with Gervinho at Lille, he had a lot of skill and he was very quick as well. In the national team we have a lot of them: Yannick Carrasco, a young player at Atletico Madrid, Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas, they are all very good and like to show their skills in matches.

What is the best piece of skill you’ve ever seen during a match?

It was by Robinho for Brazil against Italy, I think it was in a friendly and the ball came to him on the touchline and he did some step-overs and sent the defenders the wrong way. Another Robinho one was when he looked like he was going to cross the ball from out wide and then scored with a shot. I can’t remember who it was against but it was fantastic.

What’s the best piece of skill you’ve produced in a game?

When I was in France playing for Lille against Monaco, I was on the wing and beat a few defenders with some skills. Against Southampton at home last season I did two nutmegs. In my first season against West Ham I scored a good goal and in the same game there was another piece of skill I did. I try to do something in every match. Also at Lille I scored a left-footed goal from about 35 yards against Marseille (below).

How does it feel when something you’ve worked on in training comes off in a game?

Training is completely different to a match because you can try something and if it doesn’t work there is no problem, but when you practice something in training and then it works in a game it’s a sensational feeling. You know that you’ve worked hard on the training pitch and it’s paid off.

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Eden Hazard has cooled down the speculation over a move to Real Madrid, with an interview to Sky Sports.

Hazard is widely expected to win the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday after an exceptional season with Premier League leaders Chelsea, but there have been suggestions that the Spanish giants could look to sign him in the summer.

Speculations arose following Real Madrid Castilla’s manager Zinedine Zidane’s recents declarations about his admiration for the Belgium international, who had said earlier in his career that he would relish a move to the Bernabeu.

This was Hazard’s reply: “He says that because he knows I loved him when I was young, and for me it’s very good because when I heard that… Every time somebody says something it’s special, but when it’s Zidane, yeah, it’s very good.”

Asked if he saw his long-term future at Chelsea, he replied: “Why not? I am happy here. I play with big players and the most important thing is I want to win trophies and, with this club, it is possible.”

About the extraordinary duo who monopolizes La Liga: “Messi, Ronaldo they are on another planet, but yeah why not?” he said. “I try to be one of the best, so if I can be, why not?”

“If I train every day, if I take pleasure every day, why not? I can reach another level. [I’m] still young, but at 24 Messi had won two Ballon d’Or awards already. But I am still young and I can improve more.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has reportedly said that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge next season, and beyond.

Reports from a source close to the Belgian suggest that the midfielder wants to stay in London for the coming seasons, despite overtures from Real Madrid reserves coach Zinedine Zidane in recent days.

Zidane, who is tipped to eventually replace Carlo Ancelotti as Head Coach of Real, openly stated his admiration for the Chelsea player, saying: “There are players I keep an eye on and who I like a lot, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course,” the Frenchman told Fifa.com.

“They’re fantastic players, but I like Eden Hazard a lot too. I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year.”

After seeing Gareth Bale move to Madrid after such comments in 2013, some may of felt that Hazard was on his way too.

But Hazard signed a new contract in February, keeping him at the club until 2021. He is reportedly on £200,000 a week – making him the club’s highest paid player.

But although the Chelsea star man, who has been a key component of the Chelsea side this season, will no doubt be flattered by praise from Zidane, who he idolised as a child, the player is settled at Chelsea and is unlikely to have his head turned as Chelsea look set to clinch their first Premier League title since 2010.

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Have you ever dreamed about seeing an attack formed by Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane?

Well, we guessed a lot of football fans have, and their wish will come true next week when the trio will play a charity match in France together.

The game will take place in Saint Etienne next Monday, the 20th of April, and will help to raise funds for Ebola recovery efforts.

Here is the statement of the organisation about Drogba’s partecipation:

Football superstar and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined a star-studded array of international active and retired players for the 12th Annual Match Against Poverty which will take place on 20 April at theGeoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, France. Didier Drogba, who like Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane is also a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, will team up with the other football stars for a match against an AS St-Etienne All Stars team to help boost Ebola recovery efforts.

Top ex-footballers like Cafu, Clarence Seedorf, Edwin van der Sar, Eric Abidal, Christian Karembeu, Youri Djorkaeff and Fabien Barthez will also star in the game.

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Eden Hazard says French legend Zinadine Zidane is his favourite player of all time and says he is flattered to be compared to the 1998 World Cup winner.

The comments were made to Chelsea’s official website before Hazard and his teammates make the short trip to Loftus Road to play QPR, and Hazard describes Zidane, considered to be the best player in the world when he was at his peak, as his “role model”. Hazard’s national team coach Marc Wilmots recently compared the Belgian to the man known as ‘Zizou’, and it is a observation he is not alone in making as his compatriot’s skill on the ball and bursts of pace remind many of Zidane drifting past helpless opponents with apparent ease, even if Hazard admits their style of play differ slightly.

“It’s a really nice thing to hear because everyone knows Zidane was my role model; we play a different style, but if I can compare to him then it is a great honour for me.

“I watched him so much when I was younger, almost every game I could. He is my favourite player, for sure.”

Hazard has had his best season yet with Chelsea with 12 goals and 7 assists to his name so far, form that has helped Chelsea to within touching distance of winning their first league title for five years. He is a front runner for both the PFA Fooballer of the Year and Football Writers’ player of the Year awards and is expected to win at least one.



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