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Wednesday 28, February
Eden Hazard has reportedly decided not to renew his contract with Chelsea and will instead hold out on a move to Real Madrid.
Hazard has long been linked with a switch to the European champions with Zinedine Zidane desperate to bring him to the Bernabeu.
However, Chelsea are reluctant to let their star man leave this summer and are likely to rebuff any offers from the La Liga giants.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea have offered Hazard a contract extension on his current deal that runs until 2020.
Hazard has been presented new terms of £300,000 a week but his heart is set on a move to the Spanish capital.
Mundo Deportivo claim Hazard is happy to wait for Madrid to come knocking and is hopeful of a deal being finalised when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Elseid Hysaj enquiry
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj is a wanted man.
The attacking full-back, who can play on either flank, has made over 100 appearances for the Italian league leaders has attracted a number of European heavyweights.
ESPN FC claim Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid have made initial enquiries for the Albania international.
However, the Premier League trio face a difficult obstacle.
The report suggests Real Madrid are considering hiring Maurizio Sarri to replace Zinedine Zidane this summer after a dismal season, and would be likely to bring Hysaj to the Bernabeu.
Roma ace Radja Nainggolan has opened up on his reasons for turning down a move to Chelsea, claiming he wanted to stay where he felt good.
“I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something knew when you are 28, 29, in a new culture, another lifestyle, that’s not for me,” he told Belgium’s Sport Voetbal Magazine.
“I prefer to stay where I feel good.”
He added: “If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well.
“You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect; my family is happy in Rome.
“There are lots of good restaurants and it’s a good place to go shopping. When friends or family come to visit, you can send them almost anywhere.”