Press Conference – Antonio Conte gives injury updates on Hazard, Courtois, Moses and Costa, talks about transfer rumors

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte believes it is normal for suitors to try to unsettle players, as Real Madrid bid to prise Eden Hazard from the Premier League leaders.

Hazard was this week linked with a £100million move to Real, whose head coach Zinedine Zidane is the Belgium playmaker’s idol.

Conte says it is flattering for his Chelsea players to have admirers, but insists Hazard is happy at Stamford Bridge.

“The only thing I can say is Eden is a Chelsea player, our player,” the Italian said.

“We are happy with him. He is happy with us. I don’t see a problem.

“It’s normal, it’s logical in this part of the season, to start rumours about our player… to try to create difficulty in the mind of the players.

“We have great experience to face this situation. Also my players have this experience.

“If Chelsea players are requested by the other teams, it means they’re doing very well.

“I’m very happy. It means I’m doing a great job.”

Hazard is under contract until June 2020.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also hopeful Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Victor Moses and John Terry will be ready as the table toppers look to close in on the title.

Conte said: “I’m confident (Hazard will be fit), I’m confident, but not only to play but to play really well. That’s different, yes.

“These players, yes, it’s important to check their situation. John is good. He’s trained all week. For the others, it’s important to check the situation.”


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