Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has urged Eden Hazard to stay at the club amid reports that the Belgian has rejected a new contract.
Earlier this week, Hazard’s father told Belgian newspaper Le Soir, that his son had rejected a new contract offer from the Premier League champions as he hoped to make a move to Real Madrid.
However, speaking regarding the speculation regarding his star players’ future, Conte stated that he thought it was ‘right’ for him to stay at Stamford Bridge:
“I repeat, if you are in a great club and you trust in the club and the ambition of the club, I think it’s right to stay.”
“I must be honest, I didn’t read the comments from his father today. But the father spoke in the newspaper? Okay. I think, in the world, everyone has to respect the opinion of everyone else. In this case, I have to respect the opinion. I repeat, I didn’t read this. But I think we are talking about a really good guy, and it’s normal – I repeat – if you think that you stay in a great club with great ambition, it’s right to stay. Otherwise, everyone has to give a different opinion.
“Now I think this is not the right moment, and also I think this question is not for me but for the club. Not for me. These are private conversations that the player, the agent of the player must have with the club.”
However, despite what Hazard’s father has claimed, the Independent claimed that this is in fact incorrect, as the club haven’t even offered the Belgian a new contract, due to the fact he still has two-and-a-half years left on his existing deal.