I think it's a goodbye, says Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard conceded he is likely to have played his last game for Chelsea after scoring twice in their Europa League final victory over Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring against his former club before Hazard provided the assist for Pedro and soon got on the scoresheet himself, coolly scoring from the penalty spot before putting the game to bed by sweeping home after a stunning Alex Iwobi strike briefly gave Arsenal hope.

Hazard had previously said he would reveal his plans for the future following the game in Baku and, after initially being reticent to commit himself, told BT Sport: “I think it’s a goodbye but in football you never know.

“My dream was to play in Premier League, I did this for seven years in one of the biggest clubs in the world so now maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”

Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and added: “I will decide in a few days. My target was to win the trophy, that’s the only thing in my mind.

“I took my decision already, I said that two weeks’ ago. Now it depends on the club, both clubs. I’m just waiting like the fans wait. We’ll know in a couple of days.”

Speaking about the game itself, Hazard added: “In the first half both teams had a bit of stress because the final is something big for both teams but when Oli (Giroud) scored I think it was the beginning of a great night.

“We played well second half, they had a few chances at the end when it was 4-1, but we controlled the game and just happy to lift this trophy with the boys.”

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Chelsea 'agree £115million fee for Eden Hazard' with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea worth up to £115million to bring Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu this summer, The Sun reports.

Talks are said to have reached an agreement that will see the playmaker, 28, paid £400,000-a-week, according to the paper.

The development comes after Real president Florentino Perez revealed he was hoping to bring the Belgium captain to the Spanish capital.

Tonight’s Europa League final is expected to be Hazard’s last hurrah for the Blues. He earlier said victory would be the “perfect farewell” to Chelsea if he is to leave the club.

Chelsea could ramp up plans to bring in Frank Lampard if Maurizio Sarri heads back to Italy this summer, the Daily Mail reports.

The former Blues captain has been anointed by some in the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, although they would like to see him get another year’s managing experience under his belt first, the paper says.

If Chelsea miss out on silverware from their Europa League final clash with Arsenal it could expedite Sarri’s repatriation.

Newcastle have been told they will have to pay 15million euros (£13.2m) for Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, the Daily Mirror reports.

German-born Vlachodimos played youth football for the national team up to under-21 level before switching to Greece in 2018.

The Magpies are said to have made inquiries over the 25-year-old, who now has two senior international caps and was a conspicuous element of their Portuguese Primeira Liga-winning campaign.

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Transfer predictor: Rodrigo move to Napoli gets 3, Lo Celso to Man City scores a 5

David Cooper 29/05/2019
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Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Napoli, Manchester City and PSG…

RODRIGO

RUMOUR: Valencia -> €70m -> Napoli

Napoli are interested in Valencia star Rodrigo, but the Italian side has been priced out of a deal, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Valencia have to get their books in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulations and cashing in on their star man would alleviate their economic concerns. For Napoli, he would be an instrumental presence, having played a key role in Valencia’s Copa del Rey triumph in recent months.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Napoli will look to bring Fabio Quagliarella to the club for one final swansong after the forward led Serie A in scoring this season. The Italian scored 26 goals and would be a key addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s side as they seek to close the gap on champions Juventus. In contrast, Rodrigo netted 18 less goals in La Liga.

PREDICTION: 3/10

GIOVANI LO CELSO

RUMOUR: Real Betis -> €60million -> Manchester City

Manchester City have joined the race to sign Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, according to the Manchester Evening News.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Argentine is a wanted man at the moment. After being linked with Tottenham and Manchester United, City are now understood to be leading the race to secure his signature. Pep Guardiola is understood to be eyeing a move for Le Celso, with the midfielder’s age and potential making him a possible contender to succeed David Silva (33) at the Etihad Stadium.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The lure of winning trophies at Man City would undoubtedly be enticing for any player. But Lo Celso may fear a lack of consistent game time if he is to make the switch to England’s North West. The 23-year-old is thought to be ready for a move away from Real Betis, but a move to Spurs could be a better option for his development.

PREDICTION: 5/10

JULIAN WEIGL

RUMOUR: Borussia Dortmund -> €50million -> PSG

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said the Ligue 1 champion are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to Eurosport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: With Weigl struggling to hold down a starting spot for much of last season, Dortmund could be tempted into selling the German as they look to build a Bundesliga title contending team again next season. The 23-year-old has been a target for the French side since Tuchel’s arrival as PSG boss at the start of 2018-19 after working under him at Dortmund.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: According to Bild, Weigl held a conversation with coach Lucien Favre in recent weeks about his future at Signal Iduna Park, with it made clear that the club want to retain his services. And with the summer arrivals of Nico Schulz, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard, the commanding Weigl may opt to stay to challenge for Bundesliga glory.

PREDICTION: 5/10

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