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Confirmed: Eden Hazard ready to sign a new contract on one condition

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has confirmed he is willing to sign a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international forward, who has been with the Blues since the summer of 2012, has been repeatedly heavily linked with a staggering transfer to Champions League winners Real Madrid over the last two summers.

The Chelsea attacker has flirted with the idea of linking up with Real Madrid, often praising Real manager Zinedine Zidane, but has now confirmed he will extend his contract extension at the West London club.

The 26-year-old also disclosed his new contract would come after teammate Thibaut Courtois, another reported Real Madrid transfer target, signs a new contract at the club.

Asked if he would pen a new contract at the club, Eden Hazard informed the Daily Mirror: ‘Yes. I [Eden Hazard] think Thibaut [Courtois] first. Then I {Eden Hazard}will sign.’

The player’s statement will come as a massive relief for Blues fans, who were becoming fearful their most priced asset would leave to join Real Madrid.

The attacking midfielder, who has won the English Premier League titles twice, has two 24 months left on his current deal and the Blues are thought to be ready to make the skilful attacker the highest paid footballer in British top flight.

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Suarez will replace Fabregas at Chelsea?

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Stamford Bridge-based premier league giants Chelsea have been told that they can sign highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez for a small transfer fee when the transfer window reopens in three weeks time.

According to The Daily Mirror, they report that the Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have indicated their willingness to sell the Spanish international midfielder to Chelsea and other interested parties for just £15m
Other European sides like Arsenal, Valencia, and Napoli are also keen on a move for the 24-year-old.

Before now, reports have claimed that the player favours a move to the Gunners ahead of clubs like Valencia and Napoli who have been long-term admirers of the player.

He was very close to signing for Napoli twice while Maurizio Sarri was still the manager.

The Chelsea manager still retains an interest in him and he could be a direct replacement for compatriot Cesc Fabregas who could leave Chelsea when the January transfer market reopens.

Cesc Fabregas has been attracting strong interest from seven-time European champions AC Milan who are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements.

The former Arsenal man has just six months left on his present Chelsea contract but the Italians are not ready to wait till the summer.

They have also been credited with an interest in Denis Suarez but Cesc Fabregas represents a cheaper option for the Rossoneri.

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Napoli Star Talks Up Sarri Reunion At Chelsea

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Napoli forward Dries Mertens has revealed his desire to reunite with new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri at the end of his contract with the Italian Serie A giants.

Mertens is contracted to Napoli until the end of the 2019/20 season.

He spoke in glowing terms about Italian tactician Sarri in a chat with popular English media outlet The Times.

Dries Mertens went on to say that the idea of reuniting with the new Blues’ boss at the end of his Napoli contract is not a bad idea.

Maurizio Sarri became the Chelsea manager in the summer after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

The 59-year-old replaced compatriot Antonio Conte who lost his job after an underwhelming season which saw the Blues finish in a disappointing fifth place at the end of the Premier League campaign.

Maurizio Sarri has lifted the largely dull Chelsea spirits this season with the introduction of his possession-based style known as ‘Sarriball’ but he has had to suffer for a lack of consistent goalscoring strikers in the team.

Dries Mertens could be a very good option for Sarri and Chelsea.

The Belgian star has already scored 10 goals in addition to four assists for Napoli in all competitions this season.

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Maurizio Sarri Demands For Transfer Of Italian Midfielder

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Gianfranco Zola have told the club to sign Italian international midfielder Nicolo Barella ahead of the upcoming transfer market scheduled to start as from the 1st of January.

This is according to various media reports emanating from Italy.

Nicolo Barella broke into the first team of Italian Serie A side Cagliari in the last campaign and he has grown to become a key player for them since he rose to prominence with the club.

According to the publication from L’Uniuone Sarda via the Metro, the aforementioned Chelsea managers want the West London giants to sign the 21-year-old.

They could spend up to £40.7m (€45m) to sign him.

Nicolo Barella is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Italian top flight and he has drawn the praise of Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo.

According to him, Nicolo Barella is one of the best players in Italy.

His impressive showings for Cagliari since the start of last season prompted interests from several European clubs including Chelsea.

Others include Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Earlier reports claimed that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Barella this summer despite submitting a bid of around €35m for him.

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Chelsea Defender On Arsenal Radar

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is said to be on the radar of North London giants Arsenal alongside Manchester United defender Eric Bailly ahead of the winter transfer window scheduled to start in 20 days time.

Cahill and Bailly have both seen their first team opportunities reduce at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively thereby prompting transfer rumours about their futures.

Gary Cahill was a regular in the Chelsea team under former manager Antonio Conte only for him to be relegated to the bench with the advent of new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

For Eric Bailly, he has had to battle with injury woes at Manchester United in addition to various media reports which claimed that he has fallen out of favour with Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal could be a good option for both players with the Gunners on the search for a defensive replacement for Rob Holding.

The young English defender suffered a serious knee injury against Manchester United on Wednesday and he has been ruled out of action for the next six to nine months as a result.

Recently retired England international Gary Cahill had earlier been linked with clubs like Aston Villa and Manchester United, while Ivorian centre-back Bailly has been the subject of transfer rumours for clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan.

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Chelsea Open Transfer Talks For Liverpool Target

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Chelsea are hoping to steal a march on their rivals in the race for highly rated Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella ahead of the upcoming winter transfer window in the next few weeks.

This is because the Blues have started negotiations with Italian Serie A side Cagliari in their quest to sign the 21-year-old as reported by Sardegna Sport.

It was also revealed that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid made a €35m bid for the player during the summer but the offer was not enough for Cagliari to part ways with their prized asset.

A fee of around €45m could be enough for Chelsea to sign the player.

Italian international star Nicolo Barela broke into the Cagliari first team at the start of last season and he went on to become a key player before the end of the last campaign.

Barella scored six goals in 35 appearances in all competitions.

He has made more tackles (74) since the start of last season more than anyone in the Italian top flight division except Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia (87) and Brazilian star Allan (82).

Lucas Biglia plays for seven-time European champions AC Milan, while Allan is on the payroll of Napoli.
Apart from Chelsea, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, Nicolo Barella has been linked with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

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