Chelsea losing Courtois could see club move for Donnarumma

During the World Cup in Russia, Hazard revealed he was considering leaving the club he had joined from Lille in 2012 but Fabregas has begged him not to go.

Chelsea is in a strong negotiating position for the time being as Hazard still has two years remaining on his contract.

As Real Madrid prepare a swoop for Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas finds himself in a familiar, uncertain situation.

But Courtois' likely departure leaves Chelsea supporters wondering who new manager Maurizio Sarri has targeted as the club's No 1 for next season.

"I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure", said Zola, who has had management experience in England with West Ham, Watford and Birmingham. Sarri wants more quality in the midfield area to fit his preferred approach, while adding that he could also adapt to the players he now has in the squad.

However, Hazard has recently stated in an interview that the Bernabeu is his choice of destination, saying it is everyone's dream to wear the famed white shirt of Real Madrid.

"I speak to him often".

For 27-year-old Belgian "real" will pay 190 million euros, reports the edition "Le 10 Sport".

"I can decide if I want to stay or go but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go".

The Brazil-born playmaker is a big fan of Sarri and believes he can help the coach impose his attacking style of football.

"The way he is talking, I think he will leave".

The Blues suffered from the Premier League title curse last season after winning the trophy under ex-manager Antonio Conte back in 2016/17.

"I think I have the right characteristics as a footballer for the type of football that he likes to play, and the type of football that he teaches and passes on to his team", Jorginho told Chelsea's website.

  • Steve Townsend