New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is going nowhere with Real Madrid set to swoop

Eden Hazard is still a Chelsea player, but for how much longer? (AFP)
Updated 10 August 2018

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is going nowhere with Real Madrid set to swoop

  • New Blues boss Sarri wants star man to stay at Stamford Bridge.
  • Belgium playmaker has intimated he would like a move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes his squad is “complete” following the arrivals of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic, and said he does not expect Eden Hazard to leave the club before the European transfer deadline on Aug. 31.
Chelsea broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for €80 million ($91 million), before securing a season-long loan deal for midfielder Kovacic from Real Madrid.
Spanish media have reported Hazard as a transfer target for Real Madrid throughout the close season.
When asked about the prospect of a foreign team making a move for Chelsea players, Sarri said: “It’s impossible because, here, the market is closed. We cannot change important players now.
“Hazard is with us. I think, definitely. Not a problem. I have spoken with him three or four times for everything. He never said something about the market, so I think he’s very happy to stay here.”
Arrizabalaga has the daunting task of replacing World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois, who established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League after arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Sarri conceded Arrizabalaga will need time to adapt to the English game but praised Chelsea for acquiring “one of the most important” young goalkeepers in Europe.
“I’m very happy for both because Courtois’ situation was clear,” Sarri said.
“He wanted to go to Madrid so we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world. But we bought a young goalkeeper, one of the most important among the young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy.
“(Also) for Kovacic, because he has the right characteristics for us. He is a very technical player who can play between the lines of the opponent. I’m very happy and now I think the squad is complete.”
Chelsea will kick off their league campaign against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.


Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona

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Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona

  • Maradona died at age 60 of a heart attack on Wednesday
  • The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge

BUENOS AIRES: Argentine justice officials are investigating the death of soccer star Diego Maradona and ordered the search of properties of his personal doctor on Sunday, a local prosecutor’s office said.
Maradona died at age 60 of a heart attack on Wednesday. The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office.
“Yesterday (Saturday) the investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the taking of statements from people including direct relatives of the deceased,” it said.
“By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque,” the prosecutor’s office said in the statement.
The prosecutor’s office provided no information on what prompted the investigation.
Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Moria, on Thursday said he would ask for a full investigation of the circumstances of the soccer legend’s death, criticizing what he said was a slow response by emergency service.
“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” Matias said on Thursday in a Twitter post.