Transfers ‘If Bale goes, Real will want Hazard’ – Hoddle fears for Chelsea future of ‘absolutely crucial’ star Chris Burton 18:49 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Premier League Primera División Eden Hazard The former Blues boss believes the Belgian playmaker is vital to future plans at Stamford Bridge, although he could follow Antonio Conte to the exits Eden Hazard is “absolutely crucial” to Chelsea, says Glenn Hoddle, but Real Madrid are likely to come knocking if Gareth Bale departs the Santiago Bernabeu.The Belgium international has long been linked with a move to the Liga giants, with his profile and ability considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould.Chelsea have been able to fend off any interest and keep the 27-year-old under contract, but no extension has been put in place this season as Hazard has remained elusive on his future plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He further underlined his value to the cause with a match-winning performance in an FA Cup final victory over Manchester United, and Hoddle believes it is imperative he stays put.The former Blues player and manager wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “If keeping [Antonio] Conte may be beneficial to Chelsea, keeping Eden Hazard is absolutely crucial. He’s the most important person in the Chelsea dressing room going forward and the Cup final proved that.“Hazard was excellent, even though I’ve seen him play better, he was able to get away from Ander Herrera and we saw the consequences when Phil Jones brought him down for the vital penalty.“The biggest European clubs would have been watching. I know Barcelona look likely to sign Antoine Griezmann but you could see Hazard fitting in at Real Madrid. He isn’t Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but for me he’s among the top five players in the world, he has that X-factor that causes danger every time he’s on the ball.“If Gareth Bale leaves Madrid, you could see them wanting Hazard, and it’s vitally important Chelsea don’t allow that to happen and make the kind of signings that will want him to say. It’s even bigger than keeping Conte.“The problem for Chelsea is that their current squad is not good enough to compete in the Champions League and Premier League. Manchester City can do it, Chelsea can’t, and that’s why you’ve had these seasons where the Premier League form is poor if they are in Europe.”Hoddle added, with Conte’s future continuing to be called into question despite countering a frustrating fifth place finish in the Premier League with more major silverware: “As a former Chelsea manager, I am very interested to see what Roman Abramovich and the club do next. It’s OK to let managers leave if they have been unsuccessful, but you can’t call Conte that.“Maybe Chelsea think the pattern of changing managers without impacting on trophies will carry on. It’s a big call.“Whoever the next manager is, there has to be a reshuffle in the squad. First of all, Hazard can’t be expected to provide the ‘Wow’ moments all on his own. And secondly, if recruitment is poor, he is going to wonder why he wants to stay at a club without Champions League football again.“And on Saturday’s form, there will be no shortage of takers for the Belgian star. “Ideally, Conte and Hazard might be at The Bridge next season. But Hazard has to be.”
Transfers ‘Spurs wouldn’t snub £100m for Kane’ – Gascoigne feels summer sale could happen Chris Burton 00:00 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Ian MacNicol Transfers Real Madrid Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Primera División The former Tottenham midfielder believes the tabling of a big-money bid could tempt those in north London into parting with a prolific frontman Tottenham would not turn down a £100 million ($133m) offer for Harry Kane, claims former Spurs star Paul Gascoigne.The 24-year-old is coming off the back of another prolific season in the Premier League, with only Mohamed Salah having bettered his 30-goal haul.Kane hit a career-best 41 efforts across all competitions in 2017-18, with a two-time Golden Boot winner now preparing to captain England at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A few eye-catching showings on a global stage could spark more interest in a proven performer, with Real Madrid having already been heavily linked with his services in the recent past.The Blancos may decide that this is the year in which to make their move, with Gascoigne of the opinion that Spurs’ hand could be forced by a big-money bid.The legendary ex-England midfielder told BetStars: “It’s player power now. If the money is right and Tottenham want to sell him, they will do.“That’s the thing nowadays is players have too much power, with their agents.“If a team comes in with £100 million for Harry Kane, I don’t think Spurs will turn it down.”While facing a fight to keep Kane on their books long-term, Tottenham are also having to fend off interest in head coach Mauricio Pochettino.He has been among those linked with a vacant managerial post at Real Madrid, with cryptic responses offered to questions regarding a possible role in the Spanish capital.Gascoigne believes the Argentine will stay put for now, having committed to a new five-year contract, but concedes that his services may be difficult to retain if he does receive the necessary backing from his board to lift Spurs into contention for major prizes at home and abroad.He added: “Without money, he’s going to struggle to take Spurs to the next level.“The new stadium will give the team a massive boost, and it will help attract players as much as the manager but without the investment, it won’t happen.”
Transfers Ronaldo, Griezmann & 20 World Cup 2018 stars who could transfer this summer Goal 16:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers World Cup Croatia Russia Morocco Spain Saudi Arabia Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Germany Mexico Goal takes a look at a selection of big-name stars performing at the World Cup who could be making a move this summer
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