EDEN SAYS HE HAZ WHAT IT TAKES TO COPE

Sti­mac Real up­set at Luka’s lack of games

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON WEST By FRANK MCCAULEY

In­tense

“Be­yond the re­sult, I am happy with that first test. It’s very fast and it’s a per­fect style of play for my qual­i­ties.

“I’m here to play these very in­tense games. In France, it could be in­tense dur­ing ten or 15 min­utes but the match can then go quiet. Here, it is al­ways at the max­i­mum.

“I was stopped by big tack­les, but peo­ple have al­ways tried to stop me play­ing hard. When it’s fair like that, it’s OK.”

Haz­ard also reck­oned Blues fans would fi­nally see the best of £50m man Fer­nando Tor­res, who scored the opener against City.

He added: “It was a CROA­TIA’S head coach is dis­ap­pointed An­dre Vil­las-Boas is not pick­ing Luka Mo­dric, but ex­pects the un­set­tled play­maker to com­plete his move from Tot­ten­ham to Real Madrid soon.

Mo­dric has had plenty of trans­fer spec­u­la­tion this sum­mer, but no club has got near the £40mil­lion price tag.

The mid­fielder re­fused to travel with Spurs on their US tour and hasn’t played any other of their pre-sea­son games.

That has not gone down well with na­tional head coach Igor Sti­mac, who plans to give the 26-year-old his first game of the sum­mer to­day when Croa­tia face Switzer­land in Split. “He has not played any matches this sum­mer and I don’t like the sit­u­a­tion at all,” said Sti­mac.

The for­mer West Ham de­fender great fin­ish, and there’s a lot more will come.

“Fer­nando is one of the best strik­ers in the world – quick and pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient in front of goal.”

Haz­ard is expected to make his Premier League de­but against Wi­gan this week­end.

Gael Kakuta wants to end his night­mare spell at Chelsea and re­turn to France.

Kakuta has made just

Banned

is con­fi­dent is leav­ing White Hart Lane adding: “Mo­dric will end up sign­ing for Madrid be­fore the mar­ket shuts.”

Tot­ten­ham al­ready ap­pear to be plan­ning for life with­out Mo­dric.

The Lon­don­ers signed Gylfi Sig­urds­son from Hof­fen­heim and are af­ter Rennes mid­fielder Yann M’Vila.

But their bids for Uruguay striker Gas­ton Ramirez and France keeper Hugo Lloris have been knocked back.

Ramirez’s agent Pablo Be­tan­court said: “The deal didn’t go through be­cause Spurs of­fered too low a wage to the player.

“If they sell Mo­dric the deal could be done, oth­er­wise Ramirez will stay an­other year at Bologna.” CHELSEA new boy Eden Haz­ard says he’s got what it takes to cope with the phys­i­cal needs of the Premier League.

The £32mil­lion sum­mer sign­ing lasted 71 min­utes of his de­but as the Cham­pi­ons League win­ners were beaten 3-2 by Man City in the Community Shield last week­end.

But the Bel­gium play­maker, 21, reck­ons he could ex­cel at the Blues af­ter his big­money move from Lille.

He said: “I’ve al­ready found what I came for in Eng­land – beau­ti­ful sta­dium, beau­ti­ful pitch, big at­mos­phere and a very com­pet­i­tive match. one league start for the Blues since his con­tro­ver­sial move from Lens in 2007.

The 21-year-old has spent much of his time out on loan and now wants to re­turn home.

He thinks a move back to France will give him a bet­ter chance of play­ing more reg­u­lar first-team football.

He said: “It’s bet­ter for me to leave the club and find one where I could play matches.

“This is an im­por­tant mo­ment of my ca­reer. I need to play.”

Chelsea were banned from sign­ing play­ers for two trans­fer win­dows in 2009 af­ter FIFA found the Blues guilty of in­duc­ing Kakuta to breach his con­tract.

The courts cleared the Lon­don club after­wards of any wrong­do­ing.

HAZ­ARD WARN­ING: Eden Haz­ard thinks the English game is per­fect for him

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