There is no Eden Hazard problem, says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

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Eden Hazard looks like he is staying at Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri says the “Hazard problem” is no longer a concern for Chelsea after speaking to the club’s star player recently.

Hazard, 27, has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with Real Madrid long having been said to be his dream club.

However, the Belgian has acknowledged that his future in Chelsea’s hands. Interest from Madrid has seemingly cooled, while one of his concerns at Chelsea – being stifled by playing under too defensive a manager – has been addressed with the arrival of Sarri.

For his part, the new manager seems convinced Hazard is set to star again for the Blues.

“We have spoken about everything,” Sarri said. “The Hazard problem is not present now.”

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Everton's Richarlison hopes to perform pigeon dance soon as he seeks a flying start

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Richarlison is set to make his Premier League debut for Everton.

Richarlison hopes to be pigeon dancing for the Everton fans very soon as he targets a flying start to his Toffees career.

The Brazilian forward has linked up with boss Marco Silva again after a £40million move from Watford and should make his Everton debut against Wolves on Saturday.

It is not just on the pitch where Richarlison likes to show off nifty footwork, and he will stick to his social media promise to Everton fans to strut his stuff should he find the net.

The 21-year-old said: “I’m hoping to score my first goal and do the dance that I promised, the pigeon dance, so I look forward to it and it’s good that the fans are waiting for it.”

Richarlison could soon have a new dancing partner, with Everton heavily linked with a move for Colombian defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona.

“Yerry Mina’s a great guy, and he’s also a great dancer,” said Richarlison. “When he played for Palmeiras he’d always celebrate with a dance. We became friends and I speak to him regularly. I’ve not asked him any questions about his future, that’s an issue for his people to deal with.”

Richarlison would also welcome the signing of his countryman Bernard, who is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk and is reportedly close to completing a move to Everton.

Richarlison would welcome the signing of Yerry Mina.

Richarlison would welcome the signing of Yerry Mina.

“Bernard is a great player for the Brazilian national team and I also followed his progress with Atletico Mineiro,” said Richarlison. “I don’t know anything at the moment but, if he were to come here, he’d be very welcome and he would help the team a great deal. And he’s also a great guy.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Richarlison laid out his hopes for the season at Goodison Park.

He said: “I’m really happy to be here at this big club. It was a childhood dream to play in the Premier League and I’m going to give my best for Everton so we can achieve great things. Last season we finished eighth so I think we should be coming higher and have a wonderful Premier League season.

“I’m a calm person. I know my responsibilities but I will show it on the field and with time the fans will see the effort I’m putting in, giving my everything on a day-to-day basis. I intend to work hard, score goals, create assists and help the team in everything I do.”

There are a lot of expectations from the former Watford man.

There are a lot of expectations from the former Watford man.

Richarlison made a superb start to life in the Premier League after swapping Fluminense for Watford, scoring five goals in his first 12 games.

But he did not find the net again for the Hornets, whose season was disrupted by an unwelcome approach from Everton for boss Silva, who was subsequently sacked.

Richarlison believes the relationship can prove fruitful again, saying: “I’m really happy to be working with Marco Silva again, it’s a real pleasure. I’ve always played well under Marco Silva and I get on very well with him.

“He’s a great coach and I understand him. Whenever there’s something I want more information about, something I could do better, I’ll go to his office and we have this dialogue, which helps me on the pitch.”

Much is expected of the young Brazilian, who has been compared by former midfielder Jamie Redknapp to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Richarlison said: “I’m really happy with that comparison but I’m merely Richarlison and obviously Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved so much – Champions Leagues, Premier Leagues, and he’s a great person to model yourself on.”

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No hiding place for Unai Emery's men as Arsenal fans look ahead to new Premier League season

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Unai Emery's team will have no 'hiding place' when the league commences.

Arsenal supporters accept the new-look team under head coach Unai Emery will have “no hiding place” when the Premier League season gets under way.

Here, we look at the hopes and fears for the 2018/19 campaign of The Gooner Talk‘s Tom Canton, Andrew Thompson and Kenny Ken as the north London club prepare for life after Arsene Wenger.

BRING ON THE CHAMPIONS

Arsenal open their Premier League campaign on Sunday at home against defending champions Manchester City, which will prove the first genuine test for new boss Emery.

The Spaniard faces a stiff early examination of the approach and the make-up of his team, with an away fixture at Chelsea to follow.

Kenny says: “The first two fixtures are unforgiving, there is no hiding place. We are playing the champions and then the FA Cup holders, both two excellent teams.

“It is highly likely we will end up with no points, that is just because of the teams we are playing.”

Tom adds: “We need to get behind this team and realise change is not going to occur in four or five weeks of pre-season. You can’t expect that (defensive stability) of Unai Emery straight away from day one, it is simply not going to happen.

“It is going to take time for the players to adjust. We are going to have to wait and see.”

Arsenal open their campaign against a strong City side.

Arsenal open their campaign against a strong City side.

KROENKE IN CONTROL

American tycoon Stan Kroenke has moved a step closer to completing a full takeover of Arsenal after minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov accepted an offer worth in excess of £550million for his stake.

Kenny, born in Holloway Road, was not surprised by the move and feels “nothing is really going to change”.

He says: “Stan was never going to spend big money anyway, he never did when he had 67 per cent shares, and we don’t expect him to spend now he will have 100 per cent.

“Don’t waste your time with protests (at the game on Sunday). He is a businessman first and foremost – and nothing you do or say will stop him from taking total control of the club.”

Andrew, who lives in New York, says: “We still have to make money for this to be a worthwhile business venture for Stan, that is the key.

“For me, Arsenal are going to be the crown jewel (for Kroenke), the one that is going to make him money from where he can then go out and do what he wants to do in other ventures.”

Kroenke is nearing a complete takeover of Arsenal.

Kroenke (c) is nearing a complete takeover of Arsenal.

TRANSFER DEADLINE DASH

The future of midfielder Aaron Ramsey was unclear ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, with the Welsh midfielder in the final year of his contract.

Kenny says: “We cant have a situation we had with Mesut (Ozil) and Alexis (Sanchez) where players are going into their last year where they could possibly leave on a free.

“Aaron harbours ambitions to play abroad, and if someone if going to pay him £250,000 a week, then obviously he is going to get that ambition.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea had a sniff, they are a big club and he wouldn’t have to leave London, so I don’t expect him to be at the football club (past the deadline).”

Aaron Ramsey's future remains unclear.

Aaron Ramsey’s future remains unclear.

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