Mourinho Confirms Midfielder Is Back For Chelsea Clash


Chelsea's Eden Hazard can win the Ballon dOr without joining Real Madrid - Maurizio Sarri

Eden Hazard can win the Ballon d'Or without leaving Chelsea to join Real Madrid, according to Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid fails to materialise as he would be happy to finish his career with the London club.

The future of Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge was cause for concern amongst many Chelsea fans during the summer, amidst speculation that Real Madrid were preparing a blockbuster move for the supremely talented Belgian.

The Chelsea FC number 10 won the PFA player of the year award under Jose Mourinho when he scored 14 times in their title-winning campaign in 2014-15. "It will be important for us if he remains with us", Sarri said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Manchester United.

"But I think also that he can win everything, possibly a Ballon d'Or, here, without playing in Spain", he said.

"In my first season, he was elected the best player in the league when we were champions".

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"I am not able to think about the market at the moment", he added. They have lots of special players and they are a very hard team but I can think we can win.

Any deal would represent a huge coup for Chelsea, who at one stage looked unlikely to be able to keep Hazard at the club past the end of the season.

"They have good players, a very good squad". I wake up fresh and ready to work again and to give my best again.

The Daily Mirror ran a back page story on the morning of United's last Premier League game against Newcastle claiming Mourinho would be sacked that weekend regardless of the result against Rafael Benitez's side.

"They are a very strong team". He might go missing for one game, but Hazard has done it for big parts of seasons where it hasn't been going well for his team. We work here with the players that stayed here.

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