Paper Talk: Hazard’s Chelsea future resolved; Spurs to sign £26.5m star

Date published: Thursday 13th July 2017 11:44

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has been speaking with Real Madrid about his future, while Tottenham are closing in on a deal for a Portuguese midfielder, according to Thursday’s papers.



Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has reportedly called Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to rule himself out of a transfer to the European champions this summer.

The Belgium star has been linked with a switch to The Bernabeu throughout the summer, despite fracturing his ankle on international duty last month.

However, the 26-year-old has spoken to Zidane and told he him that he just concentrating on getting fit again and that he plans to stay at Stamford Bridge for at least another season, according to the report in the Daily Express, via Diario Gol.

The report also claimed that Hazard refused to completely rule out a switch to the Spanish capital and when quizzed about a potential move last month he admitted: “We all dream. Of course, I would consider it if Madrid made an offer.

“I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League. But Chelsea’s goal is to win the Champions League as well.

“Honestly, I do not know what will happen. I only know that I still have a contract with Chelsea for three seasons and that we just had an amazing campaign.”


Tottenham are reportedly set to meet Sporting Lisbon bosses and thrash out deal for £26.5m-rated midfielder Adrien Silva.

The Portugal international is under contract at Sporting until 2020 but has a release clause of €45m and Spurs are ready to swoop, but not at that price.

Leicester are reported to have been close to signing the player last summer, while Everton have also shown an interest in the 28-year-old, but Spurs are the favourites for his signature.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his midfield and wants competition for the outstanding pairing of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.

Silva certainly brings a wealth of experience, having been a Champions League regular while he also tasted success with Portugal at Euro 2016.


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Mauricio Pochettino has told Daniel Levy to defy Jose Mourinho in the £50m battle for Eric Dier (Daily Mirror)

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Former Liverpool Danny Murphy says his former club are “close” to completing a deal for Southampton centre-back Virgil can Dijk (Daily Mirror)

Samir Nasri is a target for Roma while PSG want the midfielder’s fellow Man City outcast Eliaquim Mangala on loan (Daily Mirror)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is finally ready to cash in on striker Salomon Rondon (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have admitted defeat in pursuit of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin and identified Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta as a possible alternative (Daily Mirror)

Leicester will step up their interest in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic once they sell current No 2 Ron-Robert Zieler to Stuttgart (Daily Mirror)

New Watford boss Marco Silva is ready to join the chase for £12m Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga (Daily Mirror)

Mark Hughes is confident Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross will end the uncertainty over his future by signing a new deal (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is in the sights of Huddersfield boss David Wagner (Daily Mirror)

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Mesut Ozil insists he wants to stay at Arsenal despite only having a year left of his deal (The Sun)

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Leicester are leading the race to sign £2m-rated Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson (The Sun)

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made a £25m offer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Angel Correa (The Sun)

Newcastle are set to take a £4.5m hit on French flop Manu Riviere with Ligue 1 side Metz having offered £1.5m for the frontman (The Sun)

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Middlesbrough will fork out £14m for Britt Assombalonga- and offer him £60,000 a week (The Sun)

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