Whilst nobody at the club even wants to consider the possibility of missing out on the top four and Champions League football for the second year running, it’s feared that main man Eden Hazard could demand to leave if the club miss out on their target claim Tuttomercatoweb in Italy. The 25-year-old has been linked with the likes of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid of late, with all three said to be considering moves for the Belgian.
Hazard has shown signs of his best form which was not to been last season, and Antonio Conte will remain hopeful that such form will rescue his side. Losing the winger would be a massive blow to the club, more than anything for the statement it would make about the club’s position in the footballing world.
That could be partly counteracted should the Independent be correct as they report that Juventus would be prepared to negotiate a deal for defender Leonardo Bonucci should the Blues offer £50 million plus midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Chelsea had put a £25 million price tag on the Spaniard and were said to be considering a £60 million move for the Italian, so it remains to be seen if the two clubs can come to an agreement.
However, Antonio Conte has made it clear that he wants Bonucci to be his top priority as he seeks to rebuild his defence from scratch after a dreadful start to the campaign has seen the floodgates open and one of the worst defensive records in the league.
Club legend Frank Lampard has also spoken of his desire to one day return to the club as manager, saying, when asked, on Soccer AM:
If I was good enough, if they wanted me and it was the right time,’ Lampard said of one day managing the Londoners on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM:
“If I was good enough, if they wanted me and it was the right time. As a Chelsea man or not, the job is one of the pinnacles of football, they are one of the top clubs in the world now. And I’m a Chelsea man. I wouldn’t have to move house! It might be a different route for me and might take a while but the dream would be to manage Chelsea one day. I’m more back onto it but the problem is getting my badges now. And having time to do it when I’m still playing. As soon as I finish I would like to take it up and maybe be a manager. It’s hard as I only want the Chelsea job!”
With 12 goals in 18 MLS games this season for New York City, it seems that Lampard has not quite reached the end of his playing days yet, but it’s hard to imagine that Blues fans would not love to see him back at Stamford Bridge in the future.
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