One Chelsea Star Staying Put, Another Leaving To Real Madrid


Hazard has been linked with a huge move to Real Madrid as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at the club. Real Madrid have cooled their interest in the Belgian winger, with Julen Lopetegui in favour of giving Isco and Marco Asensio bigger roles next term.

A fan favourite, set to remain at Chelsea.

No sooner had Maurizio Sarri taken the Chelsea job than he was facing an uphill struggle to hold onto a number of key players.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down rumours of a move to bring Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale back to the club.

Hazard only has two years left on his current contract and has refused to sign an extension worth £300,000 a week. In recent weeks though, it's been Hazard who has reportedly become their top target. The Everton keeper is being considered as a replacement by Chelsea if Courtois leaves, with the Belgian's future likely to be decided next week.

Julen Lopetegui gives a speech to the media after being announced as new Real Madrid head coach
Julen Lopetegui gives a speech to the media after being announced as new Real Madrid head coach

Julen Lopetegui is keen to build his side around Gareth Bale following Cristiano Ronaldo's exit and views Willian as the ideal foil to the Welshman, who will be given a free role.

On the United States tour they will have Borja Mayoral and Raul de Tomas, two strikers with potential but they are not yet ready for a prominent role in the team while Vinicius also is only 18 and a player for the future.

But they may face some tough competition for the Brazilian's signature now that Real Madrid have entered the race to sign him.

Chelsea were thought to be looking for a world-record £200m for Hazard - but reports in Spain suggest Real have ruled out a move.

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