HAZ­ARD’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

be bro­ken for the first time if and when Real come call­ing.

Chelsea are yet to re­ceive an of­fer so far from Real for the bril­liant 26-year-old.

And as it stands, the Stam­ford Bridge club have no in­ten­tion of let­ting their su­per­star leave for any price.

Span­ish news­pa­per Marca — widely ac­knowl­edged as the club’s mouth­piece — ran with a front page story sug­gest­ing Chelsea are open to sell­ing the for­ward in sum­mer.

Real man­ager Zine­dine Zi­dane is a huge fan of Haz­ard and is the driv­ing force be­hind the club’s in­ter­est, which is not al­ways the case at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu.

But sug­ges­tions that Haz­ard is learn­ing Span­ish ahead of a move to Madrid are wide of the mark.

He is well aware of Real’s in­ter­est but is tak­ing a re­laxed view on his fu­ture.

He is not push­ing to leave this sum­mer, which strength­ens Chelsea’s po­si­tion to keep their star player, who moved to the Pre­mier League from Lille in 2012.

It all points to the winger re­main­ing in west Lon­don for at least next sea­son. In­deed the Blues are likely to ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sions over a new deal to ward off Los Blan­cos.

How­ever, his­tory tells us that Real of­ten get what they want and a se­ri­ous play for Haz­ard this sum­mer could be­come a headache Chelsea would rather do with­out.

Whether Haz­ard stays or goes, Monaco mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is a top op­tion for Chelsea as boss An­to­nio Conte looks to strengthen ahead of a Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign next sea­son.

De­spite re­ports that an agree­ment has been reached with the 22-year-old French­man, who has also been watched by Manchester United, it is un­der­stood talks are on­go­ing.

Chelsea weighed up an of­fer in Jan­uary but Bakayoko, whose

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.