Costa hints at Hazard, Cour­tois exit

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Diego Costa is en­joy­ing life at Chelsea but fears that Eden Hazard and Thibaut Cour­tois could be set for sum­mer moves to Real Madrid.

The Span­ish in­ter­na­tional came close to de­part­ing Stam­ford Bridge dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, but in­sists he is ‘feel­ing very good’ this year.

The striker's sparkling re­turn to form this sea­son has helped Chelsea surge to a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as well as the semi-fi­nals of the FA Cup.

And the 28-year-old ad­mits he is feel­ing as good now as he did dur­ing his time at Atletico Madrid.

Speak­ing to Span­ish ra­dio sta­tion Cope, the 28-year-old said: “At Atleti I lived a great mo­ment, and this year I’m feel­ing very good… There was a lot of talk about go­ing to China, but you see, here I am.”

De­spite re-as­sur­ing Blues fans over his short-term fu­ture, Costa threw doubt over those of team­mates Thibaut Cour­tois and Eden Hazard.

Costa fears the pair could be tempted by big-money moves to La Liga gi­ants Real Madrid.

He said: “We know Cour­tois loves Spain, his fam­ily lives there, he’s a great goal­keeper and (Real) Madrid needs peo­ple like that.”

And he fears that Barcelona as well as Real will have their eyes on Hazard, who has 11 goals in 30 ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

He added: “It will be bad news for Chelsea if Real Madrid sign Hazard and Cour­tois.”

“Eden is the best, he’s top. Barcelona and Real Madrid will have their eye (on him) and if a team like these knock on the door you have to think about it. It is nor­mal that they love him but hope­fully he will not leave.”

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