Eden Hazard's Chelsea Future Thrown Into Serious Doubt

With several clubs lining their respective bid for Hazard, Antonio Conte's Chelsea are expected to entertain and turn down several lucrative offers from football's juggernauts.

Hazard, 26, has regularly spoken of his desire to play for Real Madrid and has also been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks.

But I think we are talking about a really good guy, and it's normal that if you think you stay in a great club with great ambition, it's right to stay.

Chelsea will generally only commence formal negotiations with players who are in the final 24-months of their contracts.

Club sources insist no such offer has been made and Conte warned Hazard that if wants to be up there with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi he had to improve his strike rate.

Hazard's current contract expires in 2020, and is himself believed to be in no immediate rush to sign fresh terms.

Eden Hazard has revealed that he chooses not to have breakfast at Chelsea's Cobham training ground because he likes to eat with his children in the morning. "In this aspect he has a lot of space for improvement".

He added: "Courtois has a contract, also for next season, with Chelsea. It's a club where he sees himself playing, but now there's absolutely no contact with Real".

Emulating the exploits of Madrid's five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo and his Barcelona counterpart Messi is something a player of Hazard's considerable talents can plausibly aspire towards more than most, but Conte sees room for improvement for a forward with eight goals to his name across 25 appearances in all competitions this season.

Conte said he believed the Belgium global had no need to move as long as he believes he can achieve his career goals with Chelsea.

"This is a private conversation - between the club and the player, and the agent of the player", said Conte.

"Every year, every season, it's very important to work with them and try and improve the levels of these players". I'm proud to have him in my team, my squad, I'm very happy to work with him.

Both Hazard and Courtois are hugely important players for Chelsea and Conte will feel they simply must keep hold of both men if they are to compete for trophies. If you ask me if I hope Courtois stays?

  • Steve Townsend