Chelsea news LIVE updates: Hazard transfer claim, Real Madrid comparison, deal slammed

Chelsea news LIVE updates: All of the latest from Stamford Bridge

Wednesday January 14

Striker deal slammed

07:25: Chelsea were wrong to sell Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid, Jamie Redknapp claims.

“It was a monumental mistake to get rid of Diego Costa,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“I know he was a nuisance but part of being a manager is handling these characters.

“I’m sure he was hot-headed, he caused problems, he’d get sent off, but he’d make the difference.

“You look at this year at how many times they have lost games and he would have come up with a goal.

“That’s why now he has gone and ended up with Morata, but he has never really played regularly at a club.”

Real Madrid comparison

06:35: Real Madrid are just like Chelsea at the moment, according to former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas.

“Real Madrid have got zero to play for other than the Champions League and have the added incentive of the hat-trick, so they’re a dangerous beast,” he told Sky Sports.

“They’re in a similar situation to Chelsea with the players and all of their egos expecting Zinedine Zidane to pay the price for their poor season.

“I bet he’d love to play the younger players, throw Marco Asensio in for Cristiano Ronaldo, but I can’t see that happening.

“They’re big-time players and they could turn up and smash PSG, but I think it will actually be the visitors’ stars who step up here, with Neymar really relishing the occasion.

“My dream final would be PSG v Barcelona, or maybe Manchester City, and I think the visitors will shine brighter in this stardust covered tie.”

Hazard transfer claim

05:45: Chelsea star Eden Hazard will not be able to resist the temptation to join Real Madrid or Barcelona.

At least that’s the verdict of Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham.

“I think if Real Madrid or Barcelona come calling I don’t think it matters,” he said on The Debate.

“We saw it with [Luis] Suarez at Liverpool, [Gareth] Bale at Tottenham and [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Manchester United.

“We have seen it with [Philippe] Coutinho recently.

“When them clubs come calling it doesn’t matter because they are the pinnacle for a lot of players.”

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