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EPL: Hazard will follow wherever I go – Courtois opens up on Chelsea future

Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has declared that wherever he goes, his national and club teammate, Eden Hazard must be there with him.

Belgium defeated England 2-0 to seal a third-place at the Russia 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Hazard had told reporters after the match that he was strongly considering his Chelsea future.

“After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different,” he told Belgian outlet HLN.

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.

“You know my preferred destination.”

Hazard has always made clear his desire to play for Real Madrid and the Champions League winners are on the hunt for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Courtois has also been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu, which would allow him to reunite with his two children in Spain.

And when asked about his own future, the 26-year-old said he wants to continue playing with Hazard.

Courtois told reporters, “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go.

“We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between.

The Chelsea No.1, however, made it clear that he could still stay at Stamford Bridge once he has spoken to new boss Maurizio Sarri.

He added, “Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”


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