Having pulled out of the race to sign Roma goaltender Alisson in the summer, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is now keen on bringing Thibaut Courtois to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
The Belgian international could be forced to move out of Stamford Bridge due to the team’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
According to AS, Real Madrid are set to offer €60m bid for the Belgian international before the start of next season.
Though the offer looks too low considering the goalie’s experience and exploits for Chelsea in their forgettable season, that price is also good enough for the goalkeeper who conceded more than 40 goals in a season.
Eden Hazard is another player who might be joining Courtois in the move towards Stamford Bridge’s exit door according to the same publication.
The Belgian playmaker was out of form for the larger period of the season — an unusual occurrence which could be traced to his unhealthy relationship with Antonio Conte.
With one year left in both players’ contract with the Blues, Abramovich must convince them to renew their respective contracts before the start of next season. He could also decide to cash-in on their signatures in the coming transfer period.
Meanwhile, both players have been named in Belgium’s 35-man provisional World Cup squad which was released by Ronald Koeman last night. They are surely going to make the final 23-man squad should there be no case of injury or sickness.
Sarri speaks on Hazard’s knock
West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reacted to the knock sustained by Belgium international Eden Hazard during their win against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
Eden Hazard was down hit during the first few minutes of the game and was attended to before he returned back to the field but he was unable to go through 90 minutes as he was substituted in the 65th minute.
This has therefore raised fears that he could be unavailable for their Premier League fixture this weekend but that has been dismissed by the Italian boss who claims that he expects Eden Hazard to remain fit.
There is no doubt about Eden Hazard’s quality and his importance to the team, especially now that his team lack cutting edge in the attack and has the Belgium international in great form to deliver goals for the team.
However, Maurizio Sarri admitted that it was a strong knock on Eden Hazard but remains hopeful that they can be able to recover him before the coming game.
Meanwhile, the West London outfit are hoping to avoid the Europa League next season and that is why they are pressing to have a top-four finish in the Premier League so as to play in the Champions League.
Why this Chelsea star is still unhappy despite win
The West London Outfit Chelsea were able to secure a resounding win against Slavia Prague in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals to secure progress to the semi-final but defender Cesar Azpilicueta is still unhappy.
After a 1-0 win away from home in the first leg, goals from Pedro, Olivier Giroud and another own goal ensured a 3-0 win by the Blues team to be able to advance but it has been established that they were not impressive especially in the second half.
Cesar Azpilicueta noted that it has become a trend for his team to drop in their intensity during second half games as their Thursday opponent almost came back into the game which would have cost their promotion.
He stressed that this mistake from his team have been repeating itself over time, noting that it is not the way he would love to win trophies as they might not be lucky all the time.
However, he hopes they are able to push through and win in the semi-final so they can play the finals and probably win the trophy at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, the Blues team will now face Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals.
Sarri replies Cesar Azpilicueta after major complaints
Manager Maurizio Sarri has replied to his team’s criticisms of second-half performance by defender Cesar Azpilicueta after their win against Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
The Blues team had a perfect first half but all of the impressive performance was almost ruined in the second half as they played poorly which almost gave their opponents a lift to return back to the game.
Cesar Azpilicueta lamented that it has been a trend in the past games and it has to be stopped if they must win the Europa League title this season.
However, manager Maurizio Sarri has noted the problem but he jokingly gave a reply by stating that he will stop going into the dressing room after the first half blow if that would bring a solution to the second half problem.
He confessed to having warned his players about it by telling them to have the same application and attention as in the first half, lamenting that he cannot understand why his players lose focus in the second half.
However, the Blues team have now secured qualification to the semi-finals and will hope they scale through to be able to stand a chance of winning the Europa League for an automatic Champions League qualification.
Former Chelsea boss speaks on big return
Former West London outfit Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has spoken on returning to management any time soon as he is almost a year out of a job.
The Italian boss was sacked last summer after winning the Premier League title in the previous year with a record of 30 wins in 38 games as well as the FA Cup in his final year as the club felt he did not do enough.
Antonio Conte has since been in a legal battle with the club as he claims compensation for sacking him at a time he was unable to speak to suitors amongst other issues which are yet to be settled.
The former boss has now stated that he hopes to return to management but he wants to secure a job with a team that has a project that convinces him of a successful spell.
It is obvious that he is not desperate for a return as he had earlier rejected the job to move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid over claims that he does not want to go into a club that is in crisis.
However, Antonio Conte remains a world class manager who will not be short of suitors in the coming summer transfer window.
Chelsea consider this former player as Sarri’s successor
Emerging reports claim that the West London outfit Chelsea are already considering the sack of their manager Maurizio Sarri at the end of the season and might pay attention o their former player and legend Frank Lampard.
The Italian boss has fallen out of favour with the fans and they have severally called for his sack as they are unsatisfied with the performance of the team and the management are also thinking in that direction if reports are to be believed.
Joining the Stamford Bridge from the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli in the last summer, Maurizio Sarri had a flying start with his Sarri-ball style but that changed eventually which made it no longer interesting.
However, it is reported that Frank Lampard is already being considered for the job as he is currently impressing with the Championship side Derby Couty.
The Blues management seems ready to take a clue from their English Premier League counterparts Man United by bringing in a former player who understands the style of play, the culture and the demands.
Meanwhile, it is already suggested that Derby County could be sold by the owner which could force the club to a bad state and might also have an effect on Frank Lampard, a development that can force him out.
Why Sarri missed press conference
West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reported to have missed the pre-match press conference ahead of their second leg clash against Slavia Prague later on Thursday.
It is claimed that the Italian boss had missed the match conference over dental issues as he needed to undergo a minor medical procedure because he was unable to speak properly. The former Napoli boss was represented by his assistant Zola who spoke on the preparation of the team ahead of the second leg.
The West London outfit already secured a 1-0 win in the first leg away from home which gives them an added advantage for the second game and Zola said the target for the team is to get the work done and proceed to the semi-finals.
He noted that the team are hoping to make some few changes but that is not to say that they will field a weak team because of the need to secure a win in the game.
However, there are suggestions that manager Maurizio Sarri is wanted out of the club by the fans and the owners as he has failed to convince the fans that he can deliver success at the club.
The Europa League is the only opportunity for Chelsea to land silverware this season.
Hazard tipped as best foreign Chelsea player in history
West London outfit Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has opined that Belgium international Eden Hazard is the best foreign import the club has ever produced in their history.
The Blues assist who was a former player and scored 80 goals in 312 appearances between 1996-2003 claims he did not do enough as the Belgium international did for the club.
According to him, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has done much for the Blues team but he cannot match the Belgium international in performance for the team, stressing that Eden Hazard is at the very top in the ranking.
He noted that he is an unbelieving player and is being appreciated by the entire football word as the day goes by.
Zola stated that he would love to work much longer with Eden Hazard because of how much quality he has to contribute to the team.
However, Eden Hazard is being linked away from the club with reports claiming that he would be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid as soon as the season ends.
The Belgium international is keen to work with his football idol Zinedine Zidane and he is reportedly pushing for a move to land the deal.
Chelsea get opportunity to avenge for United against Barcelona
West London outfit Chelsea are reported to have set up a clash against Spanish La Liga Barcelona in this coming summer for a preseason game in Japan on June 23 at the Saitama Stadium in North Tokyo.
This could be an opportunity for the West London outfit to take up revenge for the English Premier League counter-part Man United despite the fact that it would be on a lighter note.
Man United were defeated by the Spanish giants in the Champions League quarterfinals earlier this week and that marks the end of their European journey this season.
However, Chelsea will have a test of the Spanish side later at the end of the season for the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENGE 2019 which is organized by Yokohama Tyres.
However, the Blues team have got no opportunity to meet with the La Liga outfit in a more competitive game because of their failure to secure qualification to the Champions League this season.
The West Londoners played in the Europa League and they are currently in the quarterfinals with the second leg expected later on Thursday after seeing a 1-0 win in the first leg. A win will ensure they progress to the semi-finals.
This star player leaving Stamford Bridge not minding transfer ban
Emerging reports have claimed that Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain would be leaving the West Leadon outfit Chelsea at the end of the season after failing to impress.
Gonzalo Higuain had an unconvincing performance with the Italian Serie A outfit Juventus which is the reason why he was loaned away and with manager Maurizio Sarri insisting on his signature, it was expected that he would have a boost in his goalscoring form but that did not happen.
The West London outfit had considered handing him a permanent deal but that will no longer happen according to reports as it is claimed that they will cut short his loan deal at the end of the season.
The former Napoli boss had insisted on the signature of Gonzalo Higuain as Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failed to deliver goals as he assured the club that the Argentina international will sharpen the cutting edge of the club’s attack but that has not happened.
However, the Blues team are currently under a transfer ban as they may not add to their squad in the coming summer window but that will have nothing to do with the exit decision of Gonzalo Higuain as soon as the season ends.
Why I am not to blame for goal drought
France international and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has hinted that he is not to blame for his lack of goals for the Blues team as criticisms rises.
The former Arsenal forward has been blamed for the lack of cutting edge in the team but he has refused to take the blame as he points the accusing fingers on manager Maurizio Sarri and the kind of offensive formations he adopts.
It would be recalled that the Chelsea boss had brought in Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain to the team with big promise that he would deliver goals but that has not happened.
Olivier Giroud noted that the Blues team could be dangerous with crosses and running from behind but that has not been happening in the team.
According to him, it is easy to blame attackers for not scoring goals but only little few persons try to understand that the formation by the boss needed to be improved upon offensively.
However, Olivier Giroud is reported to be seeking a move away from the club because of his unwillingness to be a second player as he has received a number of interests from other clubs.
Meanwhile, the West London outfit are not ready to lose any player as a result of the transfer ban.
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