Despite his dreadful season, it seems likely that Eden Hazard will still be a Chelsea player next term.
It was looking far less certain a few months back but, following a reported meeting with new head coach Antonio Conte in April, the talented Belgian now appears to be focused on getting his career back on track with the Blues.
He finished the 2015-16 campaign on a high, scoring four goals in five matches, and will be hoping to impress at Euro 2016 with Belgium. Hazard will be expected to inspire the Red Devils in their opening match against Italy this evening.
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Thibaut Courtois, Hazard’s club and international teammate, will be hoping to do the same - and the Chelsea duo are keen for Radja Nainggolan to join them at Stamford Bridge next season.
The tenacious AS Roma star, 28, has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea over recent weeks and Hazard admits he would love to see the transfer go through.
Hazard's comments on Nainggolan
"Thibaut and I want Radja Nainggolan to join Chelsea, but we are not in charge of the situation,” the 2014-15 PFA Premier League Player of the Year was quoted as saying by HLN journalist Kristof Terreur.
Nainggolan keen on Roma stay
Nainggolan, however, appears to be keen to stay put at the Stadio Olimpico.
“Where do I see myself in the next season? I have always declared openly my will: I'm fine at Roma, I like the city of Roma, that's where I see myself,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport, per the Daily Mail, last week.
“On the other hand an offer from Chelsea is important, you cannot just avoid taking it into consideration.
“I have already stated my preferences, now we must see if the club (Roma) will do its part.”
Conte won't arrive until after Euro 2016
With Conte not due to start work at Chelsea until after Italy have exited Euro 2016, the Blues are yet to make any signings this summer.
However, it’s clear that plenty of work is going on behind the scenes to secure the signatures of big-name stars - including Nainggolan.
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