Chelsea, meanwhile, are in fifth place, with a Champions League place seemingly beyond them, some ten points off of Tottenham.
Hazard has enjoyed a good season, scoring 15 goals and six assists in all competitions, but is not happy as Chelsea are losing matches.
A strong advocate of possession play, Blanc’s arrival will nearly certainly bring with it some lovely attacking football to the SW6.
Asked about the reports of Chelsea looking at replacements for him, Conte said in a press conference: “This is not my job to answer this type of question”.
Having recently returned from a hamstring injury, Austin scored in the recent loss to Arsenal to take his tally to seven league goals for the season. Me, my staff, the players and the club, for this season. Two years ago [in 2015-16, when Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League], this happened the same. Then there is the club.
At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: “Don’t forget we’re talking about a young player who is playing at this level for the first time”. But I wanted to play with my team-mates, for the club and the fans.
The Blues might not even be able to offer Champions League football next season, which will make attracting new players infinitely harder.
However, Chelsea would want to recoup as much of the £35 million they spent on the midfielder as possible, which could prove to be a major stumbling block for West Ham. Two players clearly not singing from the same hymn sheet underlines the lack of unity that exists under Conte and it will be patently obvious in the upcoming matches against Southampton if this remains the case.
“I don’t think so”, he added.
“Everyone has to find in himself the right desire, the right will to fight”.
“We have six games to play in the league; if we win the six games but don’t finish in the top four, at least we did everything”.
Especially if you win the Premier League in your first season, which is exactly what the Italian did when he arrived from Juventus in 2016, strolling to the title with relative ease.