CHELSEA followers weren’t impressed with Antonio Conte when his staff was introduced in opposition to Stoke.
The Blues boss determined to call key males Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen on the bench for the conflict at Stamford Bridge.
With the Stoke recreation the membership’s fourth in ten days, Conte can be forgiven for resting his predominant males – particularly with Chelsea taking part in at Arsenal on Wednesday.
However the Hazard scenario is barely extra difficult.
The Belgian famous person is at the moment locked in contract talks with the Blues.
Talks haven’t been the smoothest, with Hazard rejecting a suggestion final week, revealed his father Thierry.
He mentioned: “Eden has refused a contract extension to give you the option, if obligatory, to comply with curiosity from Actual Madrid.”
Los Blancos proceed to circle the 26-year-old, who has been named Chelsea’s participant of the yr thrice, and have been linked with a transfer for the final couple of years.
It could all be a negotiating tactic, however the west London membership at the moment are contemplating making Hazard the highest-paid participant within the Premier League to struggle off curiosity from the Spanish giants.
Paul Pogba is at the moment the very best earner within the Prem on £200,000-a-week – however Chelsea are apparently prepared to go as much as £300,000-a-week for Hazard.
Conte wouldn’t be drawn on the hypothesis on Friday, saying: “My reply is at all times the identical.
“This can be a non-public dialog between the membership, the participant and his agent.”
However followers weren’t impressed with the choice to drop him – some considering he was making some extent amidst the exit discuss.
It did not seem to matter, nonetheless, with Chelsea scoring three previous hapless a Stoke inside 25 minutes.
Antonio Rudiger scored a header from a Willian free-kick, earlier than Danny Drinkwater scored his first objective for the Blues with a stunning dipping volley.
Pedro then scored a curling effort.