In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Eden Hazard insists that he is firmly focused on Chelsea’s quest to qualify for the Champions League and England captain Harry Kane speaks about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s call-up to the national team.
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Hazard focused on the Blues
Eden Hazard has dismissed any talk about his footballing future and insists that he is focussed on Chelsea’s pursuit of a spot in next season’s Champions League, Sky Sports reports.
There has been heavy media speculation that Real Madrid are looking to sign the 28-year-old in the summer but the Belgium captain refused to respond to the rumours when meeting the media ahead of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia on Thursday.
‘I want to shine with Chelsea for a few months and try to win the Europa League,’ he told VTM News.
‘This week I think about the Red Devils [Belgium] and then back to Chelsea. Then we'll see.
‘We can win the Europa League - we must win the Europa League, or finish in the top four to play in the Champions League next year. The supporters expect that, the staff expect that and the players expect that as well.
‘When I am back at Chelsea I just think about that. I don't think about what can happen in two, three, four, five months. I don't know, we'll see.’
Kane: Hudson-Odoi keen to impress
According to Sky Sports, England captain Harry Kane feels that Callum Hudson-Odoi is keen to make the most of his opportunity to impress after earning a late call-up to the England squad.
The teenager was summoned to join Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro and made a good impression in training as he sought to stake his claim for permanent inclusion.
‘He's come in and wants to take full advantage of his opportunity,’ said Kane. ‘He looked like he was enjoying himself out there today, scoring a few goals in training.
‘We are excited to have him. Everyone is fighting for places in this England team and I'm sure he sees this as an opportunity for himself.
"The youth aren't afraid to go and express themselves, especially the attacking players. That's what we want. As an England team we want that flair and flexibility. So far, so good.’
Added the Tottenham Hotspur forward: ‘Everyone knows he is a fantastic player but in football you go through ups and downs and that's part of the journey.
‘I've got no doubt he has the ability to play at the highest level.’