After Chelsea and Arsenal contest the Europa League final in Baku, Eden Hazard could bid farewell to the Blues ahead of a summer move to Real Madrid, according to Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese, who had two spells as Chelsea manager, reflected on the future of the star Belgian.
“It looks like it is the last match in blue for Eden Hazard, a player that was crucial for Chelsea success in this last generation,” the 56-year-old said.
“I think Eden will try to be what he is the majority of the time, a fantastic player on the pitch and to win and go, possibly, I don’t want to say more than possibly, to Real Madrid with a last trophy for Chelsea.”
Both sets of supporters have faced difficulties, with both unable to sell out their ticket allocation.
“I feel sorry for some Chelsea and Arsenal fans that they could not find a way to be in Baku supporting their teams,” Mourinho added.
Mourinho, who is out of work after being sacked by Manchester United in December, believes the pressure is on Unai Emery’s Arsenal in Baku but is delighted to see English sides dominating in Europe.
“More pressure of course for Arsenal because they play for their season. They play for the Champions League next season, they play for many millions, pride for the success of their season,” he said.
“It is really special, we will have two English teams with two cups. We will have at the start of next season two English teams playing the European Super Cup so that’s great news.”
Before the rumour mill could build on this, Bayern president Uli Hoeness himself confirmed the club’s interest in the youngster.
“We are looking into the player (Sane),” he told the Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Before he traded his Schalke colours for that of City, Sane was linked with a move to Bayern. Now the Bundesliga champions have returned to retrieve the player who escaped their grasp in 2016.
Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that although Pep Guardiola wants the player to stay, City want him out.
Besides, lack of game-time has rendered the German unhappy and he could leave in search of more minutes.
Hoeness is eager to kickstart what he calls “the biggest investment programme in our club’s history” and Sane could be the first name on that list.
With veterans such as Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Rafinha set to leave, Bayern are looking at a huge revamp over the summer.
They have already signed World Cup winning full-back pair Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Parvard from Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart for a combined price of €115 million. Sane could be their next big-money purchase.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has offered no guarantees that star forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will stay at the club.
Mbappe grabbed headlines with his acceptance speech after being named the French professional footballers’ union’s Ligue 1 player of the season, suggesting he may need to consider “a new project”.
Those comments from the 20-year-old World Cup winner fuelled speculation about a move away from the Ligue 1 champions, while Neymar’s future is a source of constant conjecture.
Tuchel felt Mbappe’s comments were unnecessary and admitted he could not be certain the pair would remain at the club.
“As a coach, I do want them to continue, but this is football, we are not naive,” Tuchel told a press conference, as reported by AS.
“Many clubs want to transfer many players and the market is crazy, but if you ask me, the coach, yes, I want them here next season. But if they are not, we will find solutions.
“Mbappe has goals, he is very intelligent and maybe he thought it was time to say it, but he is invited, like all PSG players, to assume responsibilities.
“It is not necessary to make a speech to say that. He’s a special guy, he wants to score, score and score, win all the possible titles… we have to accept it, I’m not angry.”
Tuchel has guided PSG to another dominant league campaign, but the club once again fell short in the Champions League after their shock last-16 exit to Manchester United.
That has raised pressure on the German manager, but he insists he is determined to help the club move forward.
“It’s always my goal to grow and learn, that’s why I’m here,” he added. “It’s a gift to be a coach, it was important for me to work in another country, it’s a great experience, but it’s just the beginning.
“The last phase of the season was a bit difficult, we made an analysis, the club knows it and now we have to improve.”