Date: 23rd July 2018 at 10:00pm
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Chelsea face a stern fight to retain the services of their key players this summer but the Blues have issued a warning to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Serial Champions League winners Real Madrid are keen on landing Eden Hazard from the Premier League side after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, while Los Blancos are also pushing to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Hazard opened the door for Real Madrid to make a move with comments made following Belgium’s third-place finish at the World Cup, although The Mirror says Chelsea are standing firm in their stance in the market.

The report states Chelsea are adamant they will not be bullied into a sale by Julen Lopetegui’s side even if an offer worth a staggering £170m is lodged, as they believe they hold the trump card in negotiations as Hazard has two-years remaining on his deal.

Chelsea are desperate to retain the services of the former Lille man but may struggle to do so if Hazard expresses a desire to move to the Spanish capital.