Laurent Blanc admits Eden Hazard defeat

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Paris Saint Germain boss Laurent Blanc has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Speaking to RMC in France and carried by Le 10 Sport, the PSG manager conceded that Chelsea are certain they want to keep Hazard this summer.

The Belgian international, who helped his country to a 2-1 win over Algeria in their first World Cup group game, has been heavily linked with a move to the French capital.

But Blanc told RMC: "Eden Hazard? He is a top player. What is certain is that Chelsea wants to keep him [though]."

Chelsea fans will not be happy seeing Blanc once again speaking about one of their best players - PSG officials have made something of a habit of talking about Stamford Bridge players since their Champions League tie last season.

But all the noises out of Chelsea seem to indicate that they'll do whatever it takes to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge - and it looks like Blanc has listened.

Jose Mourinho has not always shielded Hazard from criticism, he publicly questioned the winger in the wake of Chelsea's defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and he dropped him earlier in the season after Hazard returned late from a personal holiday.

But the £60m-rated Hazard remains Chelsea's most dangerous player and Mourinho knows this better than anyone. He was the club's top scorer last season with 14 Premier League goals.

And with a predatory forward up front, he could get plenty more assists for the Blues next season.

Chelsea's team next season?

Assuming they keep Hazard, Chelsea are shaping up to be the team to beat next season. They've already added Cesc Fabregas, and look all but certain to bring in Spain teammate Diego Costa too.

Potentially their only weakness remains in the holding midfield position. Ramires is good going forward but cannot be trusted to hold, while Frank Lampard will leave and John Obi Mikel is not a Mourinho favourite.

Nemanja Matic looks like an excellent purchase but he'll need a partner and the David Luiz experiment in the position will not continue after he joined PSG. An area to watch for Chelsea fans.

PSG's team next season?

Speaking of David Luiz, PSG will be able to field Brazil's starting centre-back duo at the Parc des Princes next season.

Reportedly worth up to €50m, PSG certainly don't look too bothered about Financial Fair Play despite the sanctions impose on Manchester City and themselves.

On the positive side, Marco Verratti is blossoming into a world class player, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani is a partnership that needs more work if PSG are to truly flourish in the Champions League.

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