Live Real Madrid Blog: Eden Hazard confirms Chelsea stay but leaves future open

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Hello Madridistas!

Real Madrid get their La Liga campaign underway tonight against city neighbours Getafe at the Bernabeu (12am kick-off UAE time).

Ahead of the game, we’ll keep you up to date with everything out of the Los Blancos camp.

And as ever, get in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook throughout the course of the day.

8:30pm – Lopetegui happy with his squad

Julen Lopetegui says he has 100 per cent faith in his Real Madrid squad.

Watch him speak in the video here.

6:10pm – Hazard confirms Chelsea stay… for now

Eden Hazard is sitting tight at Chelsea and will not agitate for a move to Real Madrid.

However, the Belgian is leaving the door open for the future.

Read more here.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

4pm – Navas to start against Getafe, rather than Courtois

Real fans will have to wait to see Courtois.

New Real Madrid signing Thibaut Courtois will likely start on the bench for the club’s league opener.

Read more, here.

12.15pm – Lopetegui rules out further signings

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is happy with the players he has available at his disposal on the dawn of the new La Liga season.

Read more, here.

11.30am – Is Bale Ronaldo’s replacement?

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was in red-hot form during pre-season.

With Cristiano Ronaldo long gone from the Spanish capital, can the likes of Gareth Bale or Marco Asensio become the new main man at the club?

Here, we take a closer look at Ronaldo’s would-be replacements.

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Thibaut Courtois set to be named on bench for Real Madrid's opener against Getafe

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Still waiting for Whites bow: Thibaut Courtois.

New Real Madrid signing Thibaut Courtois will be made to wait for his debut.

According to Marca, the Belgian goalkeeper will take his spot on the bench for Sunday night’s La Liga opener against Getafe (12:00am kick-off UAE time) – with Keylor Navas, like he was in the UEFA Super Cup final, set to be preferred from the start.

Courtois has been catching up with much-needed preparation at the club’s Valdebebas training base following his official unveiling and was not among the substitutes in midweek in Estonia (although he did travel) as Casilla claimed the back-up keeping role.

For this weekend, Costa Rican stalwart Navas, who featured throughout pre-season, is said to be in better condition to start as the No1.

It remains to be seen just how long Navas will occupy the sticks for given Courtois was brought in as Real’s new first-choice shot-stopper.

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Julen Lopetegui happy with Real Madrid squad, dismisses need for new signings

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Julen Lopetegui is content with his first-team options.

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is happy with the players he has available at his disposal on the dawn of the new La Liga season.

The Whites face Getafe on Sunday night in their opener but following last week’s UEFA Super Cup final defeat to Atletico Madrid, there has been plenty of speculation the Spanish giants could seek emergency reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.

Los Blancos have long been linked with a swoop for Chelsea‘s Eden Hazard as well as further striking reinforcements, however, it looks unlikely there will be any more incomings.

“We’re convinced that we will be a great team this season and I love the squad and I’m happy with what we have,” Lopetegui said in his pre-match press conference.

“I think we will see a great Real Madrid and we are going to fight for all of the titles with the players we have.

“They have more talent and quality than people think and I wouldn’t doubt them.”

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