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Chelsea Goalkeeper Named as One of 10 Yashin Trophy Contenders

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named as one of the ten contenders for the first Ballon d’Or for goalkeepers, the Yashin Trophy.

The Yashin Trophy was unveiled as part of the main Ballon d’Or award this year. It was announced last month by the organiser of this awarding body that the keeper’s Ballon d’Or will be given for the very first time this year.

The award is named after the Soviet international goalie Lev Yashin. He was the only goalkeeper to have won the main Ballon d’Or back in 1963.

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The Spanish keeper got the 2019 Europa League at the end of the season as a Blues player. He is joined by three other goalies from the Premier League, Alisson Becker from Liverpool, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Ederson Moraes from Manchester City.

Completing the list are Samir Handonovic from Inter Milan, Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Ajax pride, Andre Onana, Juventus Wojciech Szczesny, and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard is also listed for the main Ballon d’Or award. He joined by 29 other players across the globe. If he get to win this award, he will be named as a Chelsea player as he had played during the first half of the year before leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.

Winners for the Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy will be on December 2 in Paris.

Former Chelsea Star: Hazard Can Become World’s Best

Former Chelsea star Fernando Torres has said that he believes that Eden Hazard can become the best footballer in the world at Real Madrid. The Belgian international ended his seven-year association with the Blues this summer by putting pen to paper and signing for Los Blancos. He is expected to serve as a key player for Zinedine Zidane’s side next season with many tipping him as the direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club during the summer of 2018.

Should Chelsea Keep or Sell Hazard This Summer?

Chelsea face an interesting summer transfer window. Not only are they set to face a two-window transfer ban, they might also have to part ways with attacking star Eden Hazard. Hazard has been a key player for the Blues since his arrival at the club during the summer of 2012. He has once again been arguably its best player again this season as he has gone on to score 16 goals and provide 15 assists from 37 games in the Premier League.

Hazard Reveals Who He Thinks Is London’s Best Team

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has revealed that he thinks that the Blues are the best club from London. For much of the century, the tag of London’s premier football club has been a debate between Arsenal and Chelsea. During the early 2000s, there was no doubt that it was Arsenal. The Gunners memorably went on to win the Premier League title without losing a game during the 2003/04 campaign.

England Legend Urges Chelsea to Sell Hazard

Liverpool and England legend John Barnes has urged Chelsea to sell Eden Hazard this summer. Hazard’s contract with the Blues is due to come to an end at the end of next season and he has stalled on signing a new one. This essentially means that if he does not sign a new deal soon and the club decides to keep him, they could stand to lose him for a bargain fee or in the worst case scenario for free next season.

Chelsea Coach Makes Promising Prediction About Hazard

Chelsea coach Joe Cole believes that Eden Hazard will resist the advances of Real Madrid this summer. The Belgian’s current contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire at the end of next season and he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal. This essentially means that if the Belgian does not agree to a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge soon, the Blues will have to sell him this summer or they could risk losing one of the world’s premier players for a bargain fee next summer.

The Sun Will Still Come Up After Hazard Leaves Stamford Bridge

As the summer transfer market draws ever nearer, the speculation around Eden Hazard intensifies. At this stage of the season, the frenzy around the Belgian is working in Chelsea’s favour as it takes the spotlight off the fractured relationship between Maurizio Sarri and the fans. The Blues have slowly worked their way back into the top four and have managed to make vital progress in the Europa League.

Lille Star Would Be a Good Replacement for Eden Hazard

It now more or less looks unlikely that Eden Hazard will be remaining with Chelsea beyond this season. The Belgian international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Los Blancos have been poor by their standards this season. They have a number of ageing players in their squad and also failed to secure a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus last summer.