In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Didier Drogba talks about the future of Eden Hazard and backs Jose Mourinho for a return to management. Dynamo Kiev have fitness concerns ahead of the visit of the Blues in the Europa League...
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Drogba urges Hazard to stay
Didier Drogba has had his say on the future of Eden Hazard and believes the Belgian can achieve his dreams by remaining at Chelsea.
The rumours that Real Madrid are looking to sign Hazard this summer intensified on Monday after they re-appointed manager Zinedine Zidane.
But reflecting on his time with Chelsea during an interview with Omnisport, Drogba said Hazard does not need to move to Spain to fulfil his aim of winning the Champions League.
‘Why [should he leave Chelsea]? I think he can have this here in Chelsea,’ said the Ivorian, who inspired the Blues to Champions League success in 2012.
‘You know, I had many opportunities to leave and I decided to stay to make my own story and win the Champions League here. I think he’s got a chance to make his own story.
‘This club is still young, and we need people like him to improve the quality in terms of Champions League trophies in the room, he can help us.
‘I will be very happy if he stays here, but if he goes to Madrid, good luck to him.’
Mourinho deserves to manage again - Drogba
Drogba also spoke about the managerial future of ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has been out of work since he parted company with Manchester United in December.
The Portuguese coach was linked with a return to management at Real Madrid before the re-appointment of Zidane on Monday, but Drogba does not feel he will be out of work for too long.
‘I think Jose is a great manager,’ said the former Blues striker. ‘I think he deserves the chance to manage again and I think he will. He is passionate about his job.
‘You know, it’s unfortunate what happened with Manchester United, but he still has the quality to manage a team.
‘We know he did it many times and people forget that the year before, he won the Europa League with this team and suddenly everyone says he is done.’
Fitness concerns for Dynamo Kiev
Dynamo Kiev warmed up for the second leg of the Europa League clash against Chelsea with an emphatic league win on Sunday but manager Aleksandr Khatskevich has injury and fitness concerns ahead of the return game in Ukraine.
Dynamo trounced city rivals Arsenal Kiev 4-0 on Sunday but they were missing a number of key players with forward Benjamin Verbic and defender Tomasz Kedziora taken ill and Nazariy Rusyn sidelined by injury.
Speaking after the win, Khatskevich revealed that Verbic, who was suspended for the first leg against Chelsea, and Kedziora had high temperatures while Rusyn had strained a thigh muscle.
With Spanish striker Fran Sol also ruled out with a shoulder injury, Rusyn was replaced by Denys Garmash, who scored twice in the win against Arsenal.
‘It was an easy win. Our players took the game seriously which was our key to success,’ said Khatskevich to the club’s official website.
‘The team was tired after the match against Chelsea on Thursday, but the attitude of the players was good and it resulted in us scoring four goals in the first half.’