Pep Guardiola rules out move for Eden Hazard despite Chelsea star’s comments
PEP GUARDIOLA ruled out a move for Eden Hazard but did admit the Belgian is one of the best players in the world.
Hazard said this week he was the missing ingredient for the Premier League champions but the Manchester City boss insists a transfer is out of the question.
According to the Standard, Guardiola said: “That is not going to happen. I am agreeing with him. He said I’m so good and I am agreeing with him.
“Switch on the TV and look at him. You realise his qualities. He is one of the best players in the world.”
Speaking earlier this week, Hazard had suggested he was the only piece missing from the Etihad jigsaw.
He said: “I think City find more solutions in their play than we do.
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“The only thing they don’t have is Eden Hazard! That is the difference.”
Hazard’s future at Chelsea remains in serious doubt.
With just 18 months left on his current contract and the winger not hiding his desire to play for Real Madrid, Blues fans will be getting increasingly nervous they may lose their star man.
Chelsea host Manchester City in the evening kick-off today in what is the Premier League’s standout clash this weekend.
Wednesday’s shock defeat at Wolves on Wednesday left Maurizio Sarri’s side ten points behind leaders Manchester City.
And losing at Stamford Bridge today could end the Italian’s title chances before Christmas.
They do look set to welcome back Jorginho, David Luiz and Ross Barkley while their opponents will be without Sergio Aguero and Hazard’s international team-mate Kevin De Bruyne.
Sarri admitted his side have issues with retaining focus and a lack of leadership within the squad.
He said: “I think we have a problem to manage the match at the moment, we have played well for 55 minutes but then in the first difficulty we had a blackout.
“We were a little unlucky, because the opponents only had two on target. We were not able to react.
“I have seen in the last matches we didn’t react as a team or 11 players, so it is a big problem.
“We need a leader and a collective target can give us determination. In some matches, we have lacked it, like in the last match.”