Eden Hazard will not leave Chelsea before the end of his current deal

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Eden Hazard insists he will not leave Chelsea before the end of his current deal – but has suggested he will leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires in 2020.

The Belgian had been linked with a move away from the Premier League all summer, with Real Madrid touted as the most likely destination, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Hazard had flirted with a transfer away several times but announced he would not be going anywhere this year.

“For the moment, I am happy,” said the Belgian playmaker. “I have two more years of contract and we will see what will happen.

“Leave this year? I will not leave. I’m fine here, we’ll see what happens in a year or two.”

There is a contract offer waiting on the table for the 27-year-old. Chelsea have offered their star man £300,000-a-week on a five-year deal but as of yet there has been no inclination that he will sign.

The Champions League remains the biggest prize Hazard has yet to win at club level and is his biggest dream.

Since his move to Stamford Bridge six years ago, it has been his major priority but as of yet, the Blues are miles off becoming potential winners.

They finished fifth in the Premier League last year meaning they must play in the Europa League this season.

And according to The Sun, Hazard will only think about signing a new deal if a return to Europe’s prestigious competition is made this year.

Chelsea travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League this weekend, with Hazard looking to make his first start of the season at St James’s Park.

He’s been named on the bench for the first two matches against Huddersfield and Arsenal, where he has come on to exert his influence in 3-0 and 3-2 victories.

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Tom Davies knows he must seize every opportunity at Everton

Carl Markham 22/08/2018
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Tom Davies (r) knows he must take any opportunity that comes his way.

Everton midfielder Tom Davies admits competition for places means he has to seize every opportunity which comes his way.

The 20-year-old made his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southampton courtesy of Morgan Schneiderlin’s first-half injury.

With the summer arrivals of Richarlison and Bernard, Davies knows he has to impress manager Marco Silva both in games and training but believes the Portuguese will help him improve.

“There’s big competition so for me when I get a chance I’ve got to take it so that’s what I tried to do,” Davies told evertontv.

“It’s always high-tempo training and everyone trying to get in the team, so it’s only going to benefit me.

“The way the manager plays suits me and the way he wants me to play is how I like to play and see the game.

“It’s high tempo. He wants me to press, get forward, be a box-to-box midfielder. That’s how I want to play, really, so it’s good to have that sort of freedom and role in the team.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to this year, developing into the player I want to be. This year I’m hoping to progress again and under the manager I think I can do that.”

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Tributes to Vincent Kompany as defender celebrates 10th anniversary at Manchester City

Simon Peach 22/08/2018
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Vincent Kompany was lauded by Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team-mates as the captain celebrated his 10th anniversary at the club.

The 32-year-old has become synonymous with the club’s rise and success since arriving from Hamburg on August 22, 2008.

Three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cup crowns marks quite the return for that decade of service and manager Guardiola led the praise for City’s captain.

“When one guy is with the same club for 10 years it’s because he is something special,” Guardiola said of Kompany.

“So, you have to be so proud, like I am to work with you in this period.

“Now will be our third year – thank you so much.”

Raheem Sterling said it was a pleasure to play with City’s “fantastic captain”, while Claudio Bravo, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne were others to express their appreciation.

De Bruyne, a team-mate for club and country, said: “I think he has been a legend for the club, also for Belgium.

“He did good stuff and hopefully we can win some more together.”

Full-back Mendy told CityTV: “You were born with this club.

“You are a great guy, a good man, a good captain with a lot of experience.”

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