HAZARD WANTS REAL MADRID MOVE
Eden Hazard’s Belgium coach, Marc Wilmots, would welcome a move to Real Madrid for his star player amid fears he could suffer burnout at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
That is the claim in both the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror, with Wilmots apparently concerned that Hazard could be worn out by Mourinho’s demands by the time Belgium kick off in the European Championship finals next summer.
‘Sources close to Wilmots believe that, privately, he feels a move to Real would be good for Hazard and would allow the player more freedom and a lighter work schedule’, the Daily Telegraph says.
French newspaper L’Equipe, meanwhile, claims Hazard perceives Chelsea as lacking ambition and also has a poor relationship with Mourinho, leading him to set his heart on a move to the Bernabeu.
TOURE AND VIEIRA COULD JOIN NEW YORK CITYManchester City are convinced that Yaya Toure remains committed to the club and have considered giving him a job within their Elite Development set-up once he hangs up his boots, it is reported in the Daily Star.
Before then, however, Toure, who is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the end of next season, is expected to be offered the chance to end his playing career in Major League Soccer with City’s sister club New York City.
That comes amid a report in the Daily Telegraph which claims Patrick Vieira, City’s current Elite Development squad manager, could be offered the manager’s job at NYC if current boss Jason Kreis, as is expected in the States, is sacked at the end of a disappointing campaign.
AND THE REST
- Jose Mourinho is prepared to strain relations with the Football Association yet further by regularly referring to match officials as “weak and naive” when frustrated by their displays, having seen Arsene Wenger escape sanction for using that phrase this season (various)
- Liverpool sent a scout to Porto vs Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday to make another check on the Portuguese side’s 18-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves (Daily Mirror)
- Manchester City are in discussions over a deal for 15-year-old Corinthians midfielder Victor Moura (Daily Mail)
- Arsenal must wait to assess the full extent of Aaron Ramsey’s hamstring injury but fear he will be out for at least a month (Daily Mail)
- Garry Monk is under mounting pressure at Swansea, who are considering bringing someone in to help him turn around the current disastrous run (Daily Mirror)