Conte quiet over Hazard future after claims he rejected new contract


Antonio Conte refused to debate Eden Hazard’s future regardless of claims from his father that he has rejected a brand new contract at Chelsea.

Hazard’s father Thierry has instructed Belgian newspaper Le Soir that the provide of a brand new deal was turned down due to “interest” from Actual Madrid.

Chelsea insist no new contract provide has been made, as a result of his present deal nonetheless has two-and-a-half years to run.

Requested about Hazard senior’s feedback, Conte mentioned: “It is a personal dialog – between the membership and the participant, and the agent of the participant.

“I’m proud to have him in my team, in my squad, and I’m very happy to work with him. He’s a really good guy and has a lot of space for improvement, to become one of the best players in the world. But, I repeat, on this issue: this must be a private conversation between the player, the player’s agent and the club.”

The way forward for fellow Belgium worldwide Thibaut Courtois additionally stays the topic of hypothesis, and Conte added: “Courtois has a contract, additionally for subsequent season, with the membership. With Chelsea. We’re speaking about among the best goalkeepers on the planet.

“Me and my workers are proud to have him as goalkeeper. For certain, I hope to have all of the gamers for the following season.

“That is the kind of dialog for the agent to have with the membership. For those who ask me if I hope Courtois stays? Sure, for certain. We’re speaking a couple of improbable goalkeeper, a extremely good man, and I’m completely happy to work with him.

“I don’t learn about this difficulty (surrounding Courtois’ household residing in Spain). For certain, if you find yourself in an ideal membership and also you belief within the mission, you need to keep. You need to proceed to play for this workforce. The household shouldn’t be an issue. However I repeat, this can be a personal dialog between the participant, his agent and the membership. My solely hope is that I proceed to coach him as a result of I’m very completely happy along with his dedication, his behaviour.

“You are talking about two important players for us. Yes, for sure, it will be very important to continue with this type of player, especially if your ambition is to try and compete for something important. It’s very important to try to improve your team, to strengthen your team, and not to sell the best players.”

Chelsea host Stoke on Saturday, when they’re anticipated to nonetheless be with out David Luiz and Charly Musonda owing to respective knee and groin accidents.

They then go to Arsenal on Wednesday, three days earlier than their FA Cup third-round fixture at Norwich, and Conte mentioned: “We’ve got a sport that could be very tough towards Stoke Metropolis. It’s regular when you need to play each two days that I’ve to make rotations and provides a little bit of relaxation to the gamers.

“In this league, to finish in the top four will always be a successful season. This is the only league to have six top teams to fight every season for the title.”

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