Eden Hazard has suggested that Chelsea are close to signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea City after telling Michy Batshuayi that he may need to leave Stamford Bridge in order to progress his career.
Chelsea are currently in talks with Swansea over a £15 million deal for the 32-year-old after Antonio Conte failed with an attempt to sign the striker in the January transfer window.
Batshuayi, meanwhile, started just one Premier League game last season following his £33m arrival from Marseille and now looks set for a second campaign as Conte’s second-choice forward following the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
Asked about Batshuayi’s situation at Stamford Bridge during his press conference with Belgium’s national team, Hazard said: ‘I spoke with him about it this morning.
‘He is 23 years old. If he wants to progress, he must play.
‘Especially if Chelsea sign Llorente, he will have less playing time.
‘I am disappointed for him because he has had a very good pre-season.’
Batshuayi started Chelsea’s opening game of the season in which they lost 3-2 at home to Burnley, while the Belgian was used as a late substitute in the draw with Tottenham and the win over Everton.
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Atletico Madrid ‘optimistic’ of Diego Costa agreement with Chelsea on deadline day
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says the club are ‘optimistic’ that they will agree a deal with Chelsea for Diego Costa before the transfer window closes.
The Spanish international is free to leave Stamford Bridge and hasn’t reported back to training since being informed via text from Antonio Conte that he was no longer wanted.
Atletico Madrid are currently under a transfer ban but signing Costa now would allow them to send him out on loan until January.
Spanish clubs have until Friday to sign players and Cerezo says he’s confident that Atletico can get a deal over the line for Costa.
‘He [Costa] has a contract with another club, it’s a complicated matter,’ said Cerezo.
‘We are taking things with ease. As long as Chelsea do not agree to his transfer, Costa will be [a] Chelsea [player].
‘Am I pessimistic or optimistic regarding the arrival of Costa? I am always optimistic.’