Hazard, Courtois hand Chelsea double transfer blow

Kristopher Nichols
July 19, 2018

Both Hazard and Courtois were linked to moves with Real Madrid this summer, the former being eyed as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Italian giants Juventus last week.

He enjoyed a stellar World Cup helping Belgium to a third-placed finish - their best ever in the tournament.

In the meantime, Chelsea fans were happy with what they heard and can look forward to seeing some pulsating football at the Bridge.

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He also compared Hazard with Napoli attacker Dries Mertens, who became one of the Partenopei's most prolific goal-scorers under Sarri's guidance during the last three years.

"I spoke with the football club and said ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our central midfield for a certain kind of play, otherwise they are at a very high level", he said. "I hope that I will manage to improve him but this is very hard given he has reached a very high level".

Sarri has already made one signing this summer, bringing in his old Napoli midfielder Jorginho in a £52m deal, and the Brazilian-born Italy worldwide will be central to reproducing "Sarri-ball" at the Bridge.

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Bournemouth are due to make a move for the Genoa midfielder who shone at left-back for Uruguay during the World Cup, according to the Sun, who believe the transfer fee will be in the region of £25m.

"Certainly, after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will have the final decision".

Former Napoli boss Sarri, who has never won silverware, insisted the only target set by Chelsea was to be competitive this season.

Holding onto their biggest names could be a much bigger challenge.

"I don't want to talk about the transfer market and I am not that interested in it".

"I am an extremely open person. I hope I will improve Hazard too but this is hard". "These mistakes were made, but when someone makes a mistake they must apologise and accept allegations can be made by the press".

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