Date: 16th July 2018 at 7:00pm
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Chelsea face a stern battle to keep hold of their key players at Stamford Bridge following the club’s failure to qualify for the Champion League in 2018-19.

The Blues have seen Eden Hazard widely linked with a move to Real Madrid and are braced for offers after Los Blancos sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, while the player himself has left the door open for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea are standing firm on their demands though, with The Times stating the Blues are asking for at least £200m to sign the Belgium international who helped lead his nation to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Russia.

Hazard, named second behind Luka Modric in the tournament’s award for the best player, was asked about his future after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over England, suggested his time in the Premier League could be coming to an end.

“I will go on holiday and ask myself the right questions. After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.

“For my career, certainly after this World Cup, I’m at a moment where I might change.

“We all know that I’ve always felt well at Chelsea, and I’ve been linked to all the big clubs. Next week it will be Bayern (Munich). No I’m joking. You all know my preferred destination.”


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