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€17m per year to keep Hazard from Madrid

€17m per year to keep Hazard from Madrid

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent days and after missing training on Monday morning, it looks increasingly likely that he player will move to Los Blancos sooner rather than later.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has only signed two players this summer - Napoli midfielder Jorginho and back-up goalkeeper Rob Green.

The Blues kick-off their Premier League campaign away to David Wagner's Huddersfield on Saturday and can now be backed out at 14/1 to win the Premier League title.

Wantaway Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was reported as having gone AWOL today after he failed to show up to training.

According to ESPN sources, the Belgian global who returned to training on Monday has told the former Napoli manager that he wants to quit Stamford Bridge as there is only one year left on his contract.

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Willian has moved to clarify his Chelsea future, declaring "my head is here", but doubts linger over the future of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard as the transfer deadline edges nearer. My head is here at the Chelsea, but we never know about tomorrow.

But the former England global has come in from the cold under Sarri and played a full 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday. "Everybody loves them and I hope they can stay".

"Of course, the beginning is always a little more hard to adapt to a new style of play, which changes everything, but we have everything we need to improve, to continue working and start the season well".

Chelsea have had a quiet transfer window so far following the appointment of Sarri.

Sarri has been in charge at Stamford Bridge for just three weeks, following Antonio Conte's sacking, but the Italian is already preparing for his first league match in charge against Huddersfield this weekend. "When you play for a big club you have to be ready to try to fight for the titles, and we're going to fight for that".


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