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Antonio Conte has ruled out any chance of Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea after he said club must not sell Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard if they are to compete for trophies in the future.
The Belgian duo are reportedly holding off contracts extensions, and are inviting Real Madrid to make a move for them.
“You are talking about two important players for us” Conte said when asked about the two players
“it will be very important to continue with these types of players especially for your ambition to try to compete for something important.
It is important to try and improve your team, to strengthen and not to sell the best players.”
“if you ask me, for sure I hope he stays”
Conte however insists Hazard’s future is a private matter.
“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation between the club and the player and agent of the player.
“He is a good guy and has a lot of space for improvement and to become one of the best players in the world.
But on this issue, I repeat, this must be a private conversation.”
Eden Hazard has scored eight times and has provided four assists this season. He has been a key player for Chelsea since his arrival from Lille in 2012, and losing him will be catastrophic for the current Chelsea team that is built around the Belgian playmaker.