The champions of England have left out five of their players from the 25-man pre-season tour squad to Asia, including new signings, Tiemone Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger. The other stars who are not part of the team are Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard. The trio of Costa, Matic and Zouma have been left out with their fate at Stamford Bridge hanging in the balance, while Hazard and Bakayoko have not been picked due to issues regarding their fitness.
It is no secret that the Italian manager is not having the best relationship with his Brazilian born striker at present and that the attacker has not been doing himself a favour by his recent actions. Matic, on the other hand, was being linked with a return to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, as Manchester United looked interested in acquiring his services. Their future at the club looks in peril, as the duo could be leaving the Londoners prior to the start of the new season and their omission from the current squad could be a sign of things to follow.
Further, Zouma was dropped from the team too and is expected to join Stoke City on a season long loan, with the Daily Mail confirming spotting him at the Potter’s training ground over the weekend. Also, new additions to the squad, Bakayoko and Rudiger have been left out for two different reasons and the duo would be disappointed too.
n today’s transfer roundup, we look at the probable entries of an earlier Conte enforcer, Claudio Marchisio at Chelsea, and in Manchester City’s seasonal overhaul, Youri Tielemans. The massive Eden Hazard transfer gets another view in other Chelsea news and in more news from Manchester, Joe Hart’s future seems to be up in the air. Kevin Stewart is looking at a surprise move from Liverpool to Brighton.
The Hazard-ous question to ask
Eden Hazard has returned to the dazzling heights last seen under Jose Mourinho in May 2015, and the large clubs are circling around again with the next transfer window around the corner. If he was not ready for a major move the last time, after a season of poor form, his comeback this season is pleasing, with 15 goals and five assists in 31 games. Real Madrid have made their interest clear and will give him the No.10 role of the playmaker who runs into space and scores from distance if players such as James and Isco leave. Madrid could use more goal scorers apart from the three attackers present in the 4-3-3 system Zidane tends to use. The pressure will be on him to deliver, having seen James being relegated to the bench for his inconsistency, and he will have improved his mental strength after last season, to move to a club the size of Madrid and deliver. (The Guardian)
Claudio Marchisio to add experience to Chelsea’s midfield?
If Chelsea are set to lose Cesc Fabregas, Claudio Marchisio will add experience to a midfield lacking in an organiser and a deep-lying playmaker. Juventus are demanding £25 million, rejecting Chelsea’s £17 million bid for a player who has not been afforded many opportunities under Max Allegri this season, with 15 appearances in 34 matches. He has been loyal to Juventus so far, but would be able to move to Chelsea to work under his old coach Antonio Conte, who enabled his role in a title-winning team. At Chelsea, his role will be to provide guidance to Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante, along with adding steel and long-range passes from the base of Chelsea’s midfield. With Chelsea’s entry into European competition guaranteed, competition and squad depth are necessary and Marchisio is a perfect it in the 3-4-3 system Conte uses. (The Independent)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that Eden Hazard will stay at Stamford Bridge amidst the links of Real Madrid.
The former Lille man has been a sensation this season and has been one of the many reasons due to which Chelsea are sitting on the top pf the log. A few days back, Sky Sports reported that Real Madrid have identified the 26-year-old as a prime target, but are yet to make an official move.
Conte, however, is confident that his prized asset will be here at the Bridge to help him great a new 'Dynasty'. Hazard, who ahs scored 11 goals and 4 assists in the Premier League, is yet to comment on the same and it will be interesting to where he ends up in the coming summer.
Real Madrid are all set to make a move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard in the upcoming summer, as per the reports from the Guardian.
It is all but understood that the Galacticos will make a major reshuffle in the squad as many of the players are being rotten on the bench. Players like Isco, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez are certain to the leave the premises in summer, hence, to fill the void, the Los Blancos will be looking add players up.
In a shocking moment in Iraq, the Iraqi soldiers were filmed disarming a 7-year-old kid who had a suicide bomb strapped around his waist.
The kid was wearing a full Eden Hazard (Chelsea) kit and was captured outside the war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard could miss the next game for the Blues in April as his national team manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the 26-year-old could be out for at least 10 to 15 days with a calf injury.
Besides Chelsea's clash against Crystal Palace (1 April), the speedster will also be unavailable for Belgium's qualifying game against Greece on Saturday and the friendly with Russia on Tuesday.