Eden Hazard’s form so far this season has been nothing short of phenomenal, but such good performances bring more and more transfer rumours. The only side he is being linked to at the moment is Real Madrid, the same club that have been sniffing around the Belgian for a few years, and the player himself hasn’t ruled himself out of a future move.
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However, over the last week, Hazard has admitted that he won’t leave Stamford Bridge in January regardless of any concrete offers that his current employers might receive. The pint-sized wizard has said most recently that he will only leave the Blues “on good terms”, alluding to the fact that he will not force them into a sale.
He claimed that he was not allowed to leave West London following his sparkling World Cup showing, “Chelsea were clear to me, I could not leave, I accepted it,” he explained to Telefoot. “Leaving or staying, I knew I was going to be happy. I do not regret at all.
“I will never clash with a club. If I leave Chelsea, I will leave on good terms.”
It sounded almost like an indirect dig at his international team-mate, Thibaut Courtois, who left the club under a cloud of smoke over the summer. The towering goalkeeper went behind the back of the Chelsea officials and used the 12 months left on his contract to force through a move to the Spanish capital.
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After agreeing a six-year contract with Los Blancos, the former Atletico shot-stopper made it clear that he wanted Hazard to follow him and while he still might, it didn’t materialise straight away. The current Premier League leading scorer has said that he won’t jump into a decision whether it be over a new deal with Chelsea or a transfer to Real Madrid but it certainly looks like he’ll see out the 2018/19 campaign in London.
John Terry announced on Sunday evening, via Instagram, that he will no longer play football following 20 years in the professional game.
Chelsea continued their great form in the Premier League with a convincing win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea made hard work of their second Europa League game of the campaign, narrowly beating Hungarian side Vidi at Stamford Bridge.
Daniel Sturridge ensured that both Chelsea and Liverpool would earn a point on Saturday evening with an 89th-minute equaliser after Eden Hazard had opened the scoring in the first half. It was the second meeting between the two sides in four days but after knocking the Reds out of the Carabao Cup, Maurizio Sarri’s men couldn’t hold out for another win.
Chelsea travelled to Anfield on Tuesday night in hope of beating Liverpool to ensure a place in the Carabao Cup fourth round. After Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring, Emerson and Eden Hazard scored late to knock out Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Best FIFA Football Awards were held on Monday night where the governing body of football determines which players warrant a place in the FIFPro World XI and which player has been the best in the world over the last 12 months.
Chelsea went to the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon hoping to extend their 100% league record but for all their possession, they couldn’t break through the strong West Ham defence. The Blues actually could’ve gone behind a couple of times in East London but the game ended goalless.
Chelsea started their 2018/19 UEFA Europa League campaign in the best possible way with a 1-0 win over PAOK in Greece. A goal in the seventh minute from Willian was enough to secure three points which extends the Blues winning run to six games from the beginning of the Premier League season.
Chelsea have been criticised, especially over the last few years, for their lack of developing Premier League talent and their tendency to ship out their best young stars on loan. However, they are trying to break this and first-team places for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu are examples of that. On Wednesday morning, it was confirmed that the latter will remain with the Blues for the next five years, at least.
With all the hype in the football world around the Champions League at the moment, the Europa League group stage returns on Thursday night and it involves an old friend this year: Chelsea. The Blues start their campaign with a trip to Greece to face PAOK in their opening Group L match but there’s no place for Danny Drinkwater in the squad which means he won’t feature in Europe for at least the first half of the season.
Chelsea went into the weekend as one of three Premier League teams to have won each of their four opening games. They managed to extend that run to five with a convincing 4-1 win against Cardiff after going a goal behind early on. Eden Hazard stole the show yet again with a hat-trick before Willian added the fourth following Sol Bamba’s opener for Cardiff.
Following Aston Villa’s failure to renew John Terry’s contract at the end of last season, it didn’t seem like the former Chelsea captain was looking to join a new club but shock rumours linking him to Spartak Moscow started to gather pace. Terry has since put an end to the transfer talk this week by admitting that the move wasn’t ideal for him and his family.
Chelsea are understood to be entering a stage of redesigning their famous crest for the second time in 20 years. This comes after club officials have reportedly given the go-ahead for the badge to be given a fresh new look. If changes are made then the new look badge will be released ahead of the beginning of next season because adaptations will have to be made to the stadium, kits and everything else associated with the club.
Chelsea have started the 2018/19 season in the best possible way as they have picked up maximum points from their opening four matches, a points tally matched only by Liverpool and surprisingly Watford. It comes as no shock that Eden Hazard has been in scintillating form for the Blues since his return from a near-perfect World Cup and his team-mate Antonio Rudiger has claimed that the ex-Lille winger is currently playing better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
The first international break of the season is in full flow and we take a look at how Chelsea’s representatives have got on after the first of two rounds of fixtures. A number of the players have been competing in the newly formed UEFA Nations League, which has been designed to bring a competitive edge to the otherwise boring friendly matches.
Following three wins from their opening three Premier League matches this season, Chelsea made it four from four with a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. The goals came from Pedro and Eden Hazard in the second half as it looked like the game might end goalless.
On the back of last season’s lacklustre performances, Chelsea have to settle for Europa League football this term but after Friday’s draw, it might not be as bad as the fans first thought. The Blues had to wait for the final group to be pulled out of pot 1 and they were joined in Group L by BATE Borisov, PAOK and Vidi.
Two of the biggest headlines in football on Tuesday concerned two members of Gareth Southgate’s England squad over the summer in Russia. After returning to club duty three weeks ago, both Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy have stepped down from their roles within the national team.
Chelsea became one of just three teams to have won each of their opening three Premier League matches, joining Liverpool and Watford after a late 2-1 win against Newcastle. Eden Hazard converted from the spot moments before Joselu’s equaliser but a DeAndre Yedlin own goal wrapped up the three points.
The ongoing transfer story of the summer linked Eden Hazard with Real Madrid, a rumour that gained pace when his international team-mate Thibaut Courtois made the switch to the Spanish capital. However, with just a week and a half left of the La Liga window, Hazard looks to be staying put until January at least when Los Blancos will probably renew their interest in an attempt to unsettle the Belgium star.
On Tuesday evening, Steve Sidwell made the decision to announce his retirement from professional football after almost two decades near the top of the English football pyramid.
Despite the Premier League transfer window closing before the beginning of the 2018/19 season over two weeks ago, top-flight players are still able to move abroad to certain countries where the windows are yet to shut. Fringe players are desperate to look for loan deals and one of those is reportedly Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea, who is in search of regular first-team football.
Saturday’s late kick-off saw one of the biggest games in English football return to the Premier League as Chelsea welcomed the visit of Arsenal. The first half finished 2-2 after the hosts had gone two ahead but despite the Gunners’ best efforts, a one-goal lead was restored in the second half to ensure the points stayed in West London.
The Premier League kicked off last weekend and in one of the most convincing performances of the week, Chelsea beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. They face Arsenal on Saturday, who were beaten 2-0 in Unai Emery’s first league game against Manchester City. Ahead of Saturday’s late kick-off, we look at the last three meetings between the sides.