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Eden Hazard rejects talk of PSGswitch as Chelsea move for £16mEzequiel Lavezzi

Eden Hazard today dismissed the
possibility of moving to Paris Saint
Germain this summer as Chelsea
consider a £16million bid for the
French club’s forward Ezequiel
PSG have already agreed to pay
£48m for David Luiz from Chelsea —
a world record fee for a defender —
but that has not stopped the French
champions hoping to lure Hazard
Coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed
the 23-year-old remains PSG’s No1
summer target, even though they
have just been fined by Uefa for
failing to comply with Financial Fair
Play rules last season and are under
pressure to reduce their budget to
avoid a similar punishment next
PSG are prepared to offload some of
their big name players to comply
with FFP and raise transfer funds in
the process.
But Hazard is ignoring all the talk
over their interest as he prepares to
play in his first World Cup with
Belgium next month.
Asked about the link with PSG, he
said: “If you got to know me you’d
know I’m not someone who is
disturbed by it. Every year they say
I’m everywhere. It’s part of the job.
I focus on the World Cup which is
much more important than what is
said in the papers.”
Chelsea are determined to keep
Hazard, who joined from Lille for
£32m in 2012 and won the PFA
Young Player of the Year Award in
April. Standard Sport revealed in
March that the club are looking to
negotiate a new contract with the
attacking midfielder — even though
his existing deal still has three years
left to run — and take his salary
above £200,000-a-week.
Hazard’s relationship with manager
Jose Mourinho soured in the latter
part of the season as he appeared to
question the side’s tactics and style
of play.
Mourinho responded by suggesting
the winger wasn’t a ‘team player’,
although they seemed to be back on
good terms at Chelsea’s end-of-
season awards dinner, when the
manager handed Hazard his Player
of the Year award voted by the
club’s supporters.
Team-mate Andre Schurrle is also
convinced their spat won’t cause
Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge,
and said: “The manager and the
club know that Eden Hazard is a
very talented player. I think we
should not overestimate these
“Of course statements were
published, but I believe Eden is very
happy to be with Chelsea and
Mourinho is happy to have him. Next
season everything will be all right
Chelsea did use the negotiations
with PSG over Luiz, however, to make
an enquiry for 29-year-old forward
Mourinho wants to buy at least two
forwards this summer and with a
£32m deal for Atletico Madrid star
Diego Costa expected to be
completed shortly, Lavezzi has been
earmarked along with Bayern
Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, as a
candidate for the other berth.
Lavezzi has two years left on his
contract but is believed to be keen
to leave the French capital to play in
a more competitive league.
Mourinho is an admirer of the
Argentina international, who scored
against Chelsea in their Champions
League quarter-final tie in April.
Even if PSG can’t sign Hazard, they
are still looking to cash in on some
prize assets to help them meet FFP
requirements and Lavezzi is
available for around £16m.

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