Stars Who Are Said To Be Stalling On Contract Talks

For which the only line seen on Sunday was a defensive line, which ensured that Willian had just two touches into the City box!

Conte has deployed star player Eden Hazard as a false nine in the big games this season, favouring him in that position over out-and-out strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Pep Guardiola's men are on a course to lift the Premier League trophy this season and De Bruyne has unarguably been one of the best players for the Etihad club.

"I have no doubt that at the end of that game, as soon as he got on that coach or got home, he will have been right on the phone to his agent saying, 'get me out of here.' ".

Hazard has always been regarded as one of the best attacking players in the world, having been a key figure for Chelsea for several years now. For me personally it's hard to play a good game, when you only touch the ball three times.

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According to the newspaper, Eden "will agitate" for a Chelsea exit in case Real Madrid's interest on his services turn concrete in the summer - only rumored for the last six years! - as he hopes he gets to play under the guidance of Madrid manager and childhood idol Zinedine Zidane (who may yet get sacked before Conte). Expressing his frustration, the Belgian added that Chelsea's approach of playing long-balls backfired as he was completely outpowered by the strength of Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.

"We conceded a goal after 30 seconds of the second half and it's very hard to come back from that but don't forget we were missing N'Golo Kante, who is a crucial player for our balance". "When he's on the pitch with good players, he's one of the best in the world".

The player has a contract till 2020 and nothing less than a £100 million might be enough to prise him away from Chelsea. "I wouldn't have got a touch even if we played for three hours, even if we improved in the last 10 or 15 minutes", the Belgium global said after the match.

"I think they'll have a major problem keeping him after that".

  • Tabitha Byrd