Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard rejects Chelsea contract extension

Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard rejects Chelsea contract extension

As speculation once again builds around Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes that the club's "great ambition" will be enough to convince the Belgium worldwide to remain in London.

The Belgian global has been long linked with a move to the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, and his father Thierry has told Le Soir that while an offer from the Real has not been forthcoming as of yet, the former Lille playmaker has turned down the offer of a Stamford Bridge extension in order to keep his options open.

Thibaut Courtois will be entering the final year of his Chelsea contract next summer and is yet to pen a new deal with the Premier League champions, with his boss desperate to keep him at the club for a long time.

Real Madrid have told Thibaut Courtois' camp that they want to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper, and the message from Madrid is: "We're interested".

He added: "Courtois has a contract, also for next season, with Chelsea".

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And though Ederson's pass completion (87.4 per cent) towers above other Premier League goalkeepers, Courtois' rate (71.3) far outweighs former Real target De Gea's (55.3). But with all the transfer rumours and gossip, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke out on his first choice goalkeeper.

"The family is not a problem but I repeat these are private conversations between the player, agent, and club".

"Me and my staff are proud to have him as goalkeeper and we are proud to create this synergy, this link between three fantastic goalkeepers [Courtois, Willy Caballero and Eduardo]".

"It doesn't change. For us, I repeat, it's very important to look at ourselves and then try to find the right way to improve", he said. I see now only one way to improve my team - to continue to work with this mentality, this desire, this will. "I hope to continue to see this situation for many years".

Chelsea, who face Stoke today, are a whopping 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City. "This is the only league to have six top teams to fight every season for the title".

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