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Hazard will follow wherever I go – Courtois opens up on Chelsea future

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Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has declared that wherever he goes, his national and club teammate, Eden Hazard must be there with him.

Belgium defeated England 2-0 to seal a third-place at the Russia 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Hazard had told reporters after the match that he was strongly considering his Chelsea future.

“After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different,” he told Belgian outlet HLN.

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.

“You know my preferred destination.”

Hazard has always made clear his desire to play for Real Madrid and the Champions League winners are on the hunt for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Courtois has also been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu, which would allow him to reunite with his two children in Spain.

And when asked about his own future, the 26-year-old said he wants to continue playing with Hazard.

Courtois told reporters, “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go.

“We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between.

The Chelsea No.1, however, made it clear that he could still stay at Stamford Bridge once he has spoken to new boss Maurizio Sarri.

He added, “Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”

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Some Chelsea fans are stupid – Sarri

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has labelled some fans as “stupid”, amidst latest incidents of racism and discriminatory behaviour.

The Blues’ 2-0 victory over Manchester City last week, was marred by the vicious abuse directed towards Raheem Sterling.

Thursday evening’s trip to Budapest was also tarnished by alleged anti-semitic chanting, during the 2-2 Europa League draw against MOL Vidi.

Chelsea have already condemned their own supporters and urged fans to “summon brainpower”, after supporters aired a rendition of a song that refers to Tottenham disparagingly as ‘Yids’.

The club suspended four fans after Sterling was targeted at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri has admitted he fears supporters will continue to undermine progress.

“I can only say I condemn every form of racism and discrimination. There are the same problems in Italy. There is a form of discrimination with people from the south part of Italy. I was the coach in Naples for three years and I know very well the situation.

“It is normal to fight all together against the problem. I am sometimes surprised that everybody asks to England the solution. There is not a solution. There are some stupid people in England, France, Italy… it is the same all over the world,” the Italian said according to SportsMail.

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Gary Cahill could leave Stamford Bridge in january

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has hinted that defender, Gary Cahill could leave Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens in January due to his lack of playing time at the club, uniquesports.com.ng

Cahill has not been a regular starter so far this campaign at Chelsea since Sarri took over at the club in July.

The 32-year-old has only played 21 minutes of Premier League football so far this season.

The ex-England international has been urged to leave the West London club in a bid to get a regular first team football elsewhere.

But Sarri has now delivered an honest update about Cahill’s future at Chelsea.

“I respect him [Cahill] very much. He has won everything with this club. I have to respect him, then I have to do my job. For every match I have to choose, and for me it’s not easy to put him on the bench,” Sarri was quoted by The Sport Review as saying.

“Maybe he is the best of our defenders inside the box, but I have to think our centre-backs usually play about 100 or 110 balls in a match, so I need very technical defenders.

“It’s not my decision. It is up to him and the club, because he is in his last year of contract so he has to decide for a new contract here or with another club.

“You know for over-30s the club usually offers only one-year contracts. If he has an offer of three years from elsewherehe can decide on something else.

“It doesn’t depend on whether I am sentimental or not!”

Sarri’s men will tackle Brighton on Sunday evening in the Premier League fixture.

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Europa League: Hazard, Kante, 4 others will miss next match

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Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has provided update on his team ahead of their Europa League clash with MOL Vidi on Thursday.

Sarri said Victor Moses, Cahill, Kovacic will not be in the squad due to injury.

He also said that goalkeeper Kepa, Rudigar, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard will be rested.

Sarri said this in a prematch press conference on Wednesday evening ahead of the game.

He said, “The last match was really very difficult, because they defended very well, very low in density. It was very difficult for us to score.

“Maybe tomorrow will be a very different match because they are fighting for qualification.

“I think they need to win tomorrow. So maybe the match will be really very different.

“I don’t know the starting XI for tomorrow. I can tell you that I decided that the players who played for three matches in six days in the last week have to rest in this match and so I am talking about Kepa, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard.

“Then we have three injuries. Kovacic, Cahill and Moses. All the other players are here, of course.”

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