Antonio Conte has admitted that he is powerless from stopping Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard from leaving the club and join FC Barcelona. Eden Hazard has been for years been linked with a move to Real Madrid and now Barcelona have joined the foray to sign the Belgian attacker as a replacement for Neymar who has left Barcelona for a world record transfer fee of £200 million to join French club Paris St. Germain.
When quipped about Hazard being linked with a move to Barcelona, the Chelsea manager said that he would like to keep Hazard in the squad as they are looking to add players to the squad and not sell them. But the decision on Hazard’s future eventually lies with the board. Conte said in a press conference ahead of the Community Shield game against Arsenal, “I expect Eden to play with Chelsea. But I wouldn’t know a value. At the moment, we are trying to improve our squad. It’s not the right moment to lose a player – any players. I have great consideration for this player. He is a top player. But I’m the coach. I can give my opinion but the final decision is with the club.”
Conte also added that a similar incident took place when Nemanja Matic was sold to Manchester United, which was a call taken by the board. When asked about the sale, Conte replied, “You will have to ask the club about this.”
Conte also added that Chelsea would not spend an amount close to £100m on a single player and he would like to add multiple players of a similar amount to the squad. He concluded, “Now would not be the right moment for Chelsea to spend all of that money on one player. We need a lot of players and it is important to divide this money for them.”