In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Emerson feels that Eden Hazard will remain with the Blues, Frank Lampard expresses concern after recent fan assaults on players and Everton do not appear confident about securing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal.
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Emerson believes Hazard will stay
Emerson Palmieri has expressed concern about the future of Eden Hazard although the Italy international full-back is confident that the Belgian will remain at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Emerson was glowing in his admiration of Hazard, who scored his 16th goal of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers last Sunday, and hopes to continue playing alongside him with the Blues next season.
‘He shows every day how important he is. Obviously we have many players of quality in our team but he is on another level, and is one of the best in the world,’ said Emerson.
‘I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football. Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave, I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay.’
Lampard wants tough action for fan assaults
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has called for stronger action to be taken against fans who come on to the pitch to assault players.
Lampard was attacked by a Tottenham Hotspur supporter after the Blues won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2007, and he express his concern after Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was punched by a Birmingham City fan during their derby match last weekend.
Lampard’s attacker was banned for life from the stadium while the fan who assaulted Grealish has been jailed for 14 weeks. Lampard, however, wants tougher action to prevent something similar from re-occurring.
‘It's an unfortunate part of being in the public eye or playing a sport in public, it shouldn't be," said the Derby manager., as reported by Sky Sports.
‘I hope players are not playing with a fear of this happening again. We're all aware of it and have been for many years.
‘I didn't like the experience. You have to deal with it. The stamping out thing is how you deal with it and how strong you are. I think we're very lenient sometimes.
‘Maybe this could be a shock to the system to stop that more dangerous thing happening in the future,’ he added.
Everton not confident of Zouma deal
According to the Liverpool Echo, the transfer ban handed to Chelsea is likely to prevent Everton from completing a permanent deal for Kurt Zouma this summer.
The French defender has had a solid campaign at Goodison Park, appearing in 25 of their league games to date, but the transfer sanctions handed down by FIFA could see him returning to Stamford Bridge after the end of his loan spell.
When asked about the possibility of bringing in Zouma on a permanent basis, Everton manager Marco Silva admitted that the decision was not in his club’s hands.
‘Let's see what we can do or not and what will be our decision. It is also about the decision of Kurt and Chelsea so there will be three parts on his possible or not deal: us, Kurt and Chelsea,’ said the the Portuguese.
‘In the right moment we have to take our decision, they have to take a decision and Kurt also. Let's see what we can do.’