Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Eden Hazard 'reaches verbal agreement' to join European giants

Eden Hazard 'reaches verbal agreement' to join European giants

Fresh off winning the World Cup with France this past Sunday, 21-year old Ousmane Dembele is reportedly part of a package offer that Barcelona will make to Chelsea for the summer blockbuster transfer of Belgian Eden Hazard.

'I won't lie, I speak to him (Hazard) often.

"Our task as managers is growing the players we have".

'I dont want to be influenced by nothing or no-one or judged by people who have seen something.

They report further suggest the fee may also include that of shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, who is equally linked with a return to the Spanish topflight from the Premier League.

"Then we will have to see how the transfer market will go over the next few days".

"After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different", said Hazard in the wake of Belgium's 2-0 win over England in the World Cup third place play-off on Saturday.

Zola returns to Stamford Bridge having enjoyed a seven-year spell in west London as a player, during which time he scored 80 goals, including the victor in the 1-0 victory over Stuttgart in the 1998 European Cup Winners' Cup final.

Sarri is content to focus on the pitch more, and the transfer market less.

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"I can not claim to come here to Chelsea and change 20 players. I hope to do it in a few weeks".

"I would like to meet these players face to face and talk to them and understand what the best thing is for everyone to do".

Sarri added: "I need to have fun in order to do well. It is not a typically English squad and this has given me confidence".

"Hazard is a very high-level player and I think one of the top two or three European players", Sarri said. "Those that know me well can not define me in this way".

"If I was someone who always anxious I probably would do another job", he said.

Conte won the FA Cup last term, but crucially failed to secure them a spot in this season's Champions League.

"Our job means risks but there is also a lot of satisfaction".

A new era at Chelsea is officially underway after Maurizio Sarri was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon.

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