Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos speaks out on Eden Hazard impending arrival at Bernabeu

Sergio Ramos has expressed the optimism that Eden Hazard would give Real Madrid a lot as the Santiago Bernabeu club are determined to sign the Chelsea star this summer.

The Belgium international has openly expressed his desire to join the Spanish club, saying his goodbye after scoring twice for Chelsea to win the Europa League trophy on Wednesday in Baku, Aizerbaijan.

Even Real Madrid President Florentino Perez on Monday was quoted as saying that the Los Blancos are interested in the Stamford Bridge club’s talisman

Hazard is entering the final year of his Chelsea contract and Ramos is very hopeful of linking up with the winger.

Ramos was himself linked with a move away from the Bernabeu after a reported breakdown in his relationship with president Perez.

But he has since reassured fans he will be staying, before calling on the club to sign Hazard, who has just won the Europa League.

‘Eden Hazard is a top player who would give us a lot. I hope he comes, he could give us a lot,” the Real Madrid captain said at a press conference, as cited by the Daily Mail.

‘I am staying at Real Madrid. I’m going on holiday now and will see who we have signed and who we have not.

‘I’m not looking to renew (my contract), I am happy with what I have and I hope these comments mean the “Ramos stuff” is now finished.’

Inter Milan supporters warn club’s new manager Antonio Conte, say “we’re not Juventus”

Reports in Italy state that Inter Milan ultras have warned Antonio Conte that ‘we’re not Juventus’ after the former Chelsea boss was confirmed as the club’s new manager.

Conte signed a three-year contract with Inter and replaced Luciano Spalletti, whose two-season reign in the blue half of San Siro came to an end on Thursday.

According to Football Italia, Conte’s Juve past has caused concern for Inter’s Curva Nord, after his move to San Siro prompted thousands of Bianconeri fans to sign a petition asking for his star to be removed from the club’s stadium.

“We’re not Juve,” read a Facebook post.

“Winning isn’t the only thing that matters for us. We point out firmly and decisively that the Curva Nord certainly can’t forget his black and white past.

“We accept the fact that from certain ‘legal suspects’, the new Coach is freed, having atoned for the sentences that were applicable to him, although the ‘guilt’ for his very long militancy remains indelible, at a club from which we consider ourselves light years away in terms of style and values.

“Our concern, above all, is the moral aspect. Being Inter is beating your opponent, accepting defeats, sentences and not looking for excuses.

“Good luck to Mr. Conte, with the hope of showing us quickly that he is worthy of Inter.”

Paul Pogba accepts Real Madrid condition before his move to join Zinedine Zidane in Spain

Manchester United midfielder Paual Pogba has reportedly accepted Real Madrid’s condition to take cut before his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

According to a top Spanish journalist, who is privy to the details of the France international transfer to Real Madrid, claims the deal as “practically done”.

A wage drop of around £3million per year, the Sun report, is part of the £150m deal to take the Frenchman to the La Liga giants.

With Eden Hazard set to be Real’s first marquee signing of the summer, it is claimed Pogba will follow the Belgian in a move pushed by shirt sponsors Adidas.

In his weekly segment on Spanish football show ‘El Chiringuito de Jugones’, veteran journalist Eduardo Inda claimed: “Pogba is practically done.

“The first to sign will be Hazard and the next will be Pogba.

“He has agreed to reduce his Manchester United salary: from £13m net per year to £10m.

“Adidas is pushing a lot because he is one of the brand’s two major players.

“I think we are talking about [a fee] between £137m and £150m.”

Inda is the founder of Spanish outlet OKdiario following stints in charge of El Mundo and MARCA, and also predicts Zinedine Zidane will offload three players this summer.

The newspaper had earlier this month that United want to keep the midfielder despite another inconsistent season at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well be happy to see him leave but Red Devils chiefs will demand he hands in a transfer request to lessen the PR blow of letting their record signing go.

Napoli President explains why he supported Chelsea at Europa League final

Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed the reason he supported Chelsea in the Europa League final which the Stamford Bridge club won, beating Arsenal by 4-1.

According to the Napoli President, he had know other reason other because of Maurizio Sarri and former Partenopei midfielder Jorginho.

De Laurentiis has been critical of Sarri after his departure from Naples over a row between the two Italians.

Sarri won the first major trophy of his professional career on Wednesday, almost a year after he found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between Chelsea and De Laurentiis.

“Of course I was a Chelsea fan yesterday, I was supporting an Italian first of all,” the Partenopei President told reporters as cited by Football Italia.

“In fact [I was supporting] two. In addition to Sarri, there was also Jorginho. I immediately congratulated Sarri, also because taking him to Napoli was my decision, which at the time was opposed by everyone.

“The ultras wrote that I was wrong on all the walls of the city, but I’m used to it.

“I remember I was criticised when I gave Quagliarella to Juve and replaced him with Cavani, yet today everyone would take him back.”

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Revealed: Why “stranded” Antoine Griezmann is angry with Lionel Messi, Pique, other Barcelona stars

Antoine Griezmann is reportedly angry with Barcelona stars over reports that they ‘vetoed the decision to sign him’, and therefore not likely to play for the Nou Camp club.

According to the Sun, the French international enraged Atletico fans when he announced he was leaving earlier this month but could be left in ‘no man’s land’ after Barca’s megastars had their say.

Having announced his departure in an emotional video earlier this month, Griezmann’s move to Barca seemed to be a dead cert.

But this did not go down well with the club’s fans – many of whom branded him a ‘rat’ and were still angry after the drawn out way he announced his decision to stay last summer.

After leading fans on for months, the forward posted a video confirming his intention to stay just one year ago.

Griezmann went onto win the 2018 World Cup with France before having a solid 2018/19 season for Atletico – notching 21 goals and ten assists from 48 games for Los Rojiblancos.

And this seemed enough to reignite the Catalans’ interest – who looked set to pay his £108m release clause after Philippe Coutinho failed to live up to expectations.

But the saga has dragged on and may have scuppered completely after claims made by Spanish outlet Sport ES.

Despite Barca boss Ernesto Valverde recently admitting talks had taken place it has been reported the Catalans’ megastar squad – including Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique – ‘vetoed’ the move.

The legendary Barca pair recently avoided questions about the Frenchman in a press conference and the forward is now nervously awaiting a call from the club to confirm their official stance.

Griezmann is said to be confused and angry at the recent turn of events and may now have to seek other suitors if he is to avoid a return to the Wanda Metropolitano with his tail between his legs.

While Barca were said to be the Frenchman’s first choice, if the Camp Nou move falls through, Manchester United are said to be waiting eagerly in the wings.

Eden Hazard confirms he’s leaving Chelsea after winning Europa League trophy

Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard says “I think this is goodbye” to the Stamford Bridge club after the club won the Europa League trophy in Baku.

The Belgium international scored a brace to help Chelsea win the trophy with 4-1 scoreline against Arsenal.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid especially with Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I think for the fans, for the boys, for the manager, for the staff, this is a great trophy to win,” he told BT.

“I don’t know yet [where my future lies] I think it will be decided in a few days. My target today was to win the trophy that’s it. That was the only thing in my mind.

“I took my decision already. I say that two weeks ago. Now it’s depending on the club. Both clubs. I’m just waiting. We will see. We will know in a couple of days.

“I think it’s a goodbye. But in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I did this for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”

Earlier in the week Los Blancos Florentino Perez said he ‘has a feeling’ that the Chelsea playmaker will join the club this summer.

“I have a feeling that Eden Hazard will be coming this year,” Perez told an interview on Onda Cero on Monday night.

“I am very interested in him coming to Real Madrid and I am very hopeful he will come in. He is one of the greats of the world of football.”

“How are we going to talk to a club that is playing a final (the Europa League), we have been trying for several years that Hazard is a Madrid player but we have not yet achieved it.”

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Napoli fans tell Maurizio Sarri not to sign for Juventus

Napoli fans have put up a banner outside Maurizio Sarri’s home, warning the Chelsea boss not to ‘betray’ them by joining Juventus.

The Partenopei are the main rivals of the Old Lady in Serie A as their encounters always generate a lot of heat.

Sarri is the heavy favourite to replace Max Allegri at Juve, but a group of Napoli supporters, according to Football Italia, took to the Coach’s residence in Tuscany to issue him with a message.

“Boss, don’t betray your people. Naples loves you,” read the banner.

The 60-year-old was born in Naples and coached the Partenopei between 2015 and 2018, leading them to two runners-up finishes in Serie A.

Sarri was beloved by the fans, but left after disagreements with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, although he could be coming back to Serie A for their arch-rivals Juve.

De Laurentiis said recently he “would not be surprised” if Sarri joined Juventus. “Nothing surprises me after Gonzalo Higuain…”

His words:“I would not be surprised,” he answered. “Nothing surprises me after what happened with Higuain… In fact, it might be amusing.”

Chelsea put Arsenal to the sword, lift Europa League trophy in Baku (Match Report)

Maurizio Sarri has won the first trophy of his management career, as Chelsea crushed Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to lift the Europa League.

There was a big surprise in the starting XI, as Sarri chose to risk N’Golo Kante just days after a knee sprain in training, as he was already missing the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Alexandre Lacazette seemed to go looking for contact with Kepa and went down too easily, so Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi and Massimiliano Irrati in the VAR booth waved play on.

Granit Xhaka’s screamer from distance clipped the top of the crossbar, while Italy international Emerson Palmieri was Chelsea’s most dangerous player, one shot deflected wide and another stinging the goalkeeper’s gloves.

Sarri’s men improved as the half wore on and Petr Cech got down very well for a one-handed save on Olivier Giroud’s angled drive.

It was Giroud who opened the scoring straight after the restart with a diving header at the base of the near post on a low cross from Emerson, who continued to run riot down the left, anticipating Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal poured forward to get back into it, but this left spaces open and Eden Hazard rolled across for Pedro to take it first time from 12 yards, scuffing it slightly into the far bottom corner. He became the first player ever to score in the Finals of the Champions League, European Super Cup and Europa League.

Maitland-Niles, who was the only English player starting the game between two London clubs, clumsily bundled into the back of Giroud for a penalty, which Hazard coolly converted.

However, Arsenal restored some hope with a spectacular half-volley from substitute Iwobi, gathering a poor clearance on the edge of the box.

It didn’t last long, because Emerson was involved again by winning back the ball from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as Hazard completed a give and go with Giroud to complete his brace, tearing the Gunners defence to shreds.

Hazard would’ve had a hat-trick if not for Cech’s save and the veteran goalkeeper also fingertipped a Willian effort round the post, while Cesar Azpilicueta skimmed the upright. Joe Willock curled just wide late on when springing the Chelsea offside trap.

This was a huge blow to Arsenal for two reasons, as not only did they miss out on the trophy, but they also failed to qualify for the Champions League and will be in the Europa League again next season.

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Europa League Final Half-Time Report: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal…Xhaka hits crossbar as Cech pulls fine save to deny Giroud

The two Premier League clubs ended the first half goalless, with both keepers forced into action in this Europa League final in Baku.

Chelsea have certainly had more control in the last 10 minutes or so, with Arsenal having had the better of proceedings before that.

Xhaka has hit the crossbar from range, while at the other end, Cech had to pull off a fine save to deny Giroud an opener in what has been a tightly contested encounter so far.

There is certainly plenty of room for improvement from both sides after the interval.

Sarri could perhaps urge his side to have a bit more conviction in attack, while Emery will need to find a way to get Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette more involved in the final third.

Inter Milan step up move for Romelu Lukaku, offer Manchester United striker five-year contract

Reports in England and Italy reveal that Inter Milan have stepped up their move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A club have agreed a five-year contract with the 26-year-old worth €7.5m per year plus bonuses, but must work out a transfer fee with Manchester United.

The striker has therefore given the go-ahead after his representatives whittled down the details of personal terms.

Meanwhile, as reported by the Sun, Lukaku is willing to take a pay-cut in order to secure a move to Inter Milan.

The Belgium international had already been a main target for Antonio Conte at Chelsea last year and was one of the first requests made when the idea of replacing Luciano Spalletti came about.

Sport Mediaset claim Conte is already in Milan today, but Inter are holding off on announcing he is the new Coach as a sign of respect for Spalletti.

That is because the current tactician’s brother died this morning.

Lukaku has failed to win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian succeeded Jose Mourinho in December, with Marcus Rashford often preferred in a central role.