Hazard wants to win Ballon d'Or at Real
The Sun reports on Thursday that Eden Hazard is rumoured to be ready to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid in a bid to become the "best player in the world."
Hazard is quoted as having said: "My plan is to win the title with Chelsea... After which I want to sign for Real Madrid and win the Ballon d'Or."
Paper Round’s view: Though we're not convinced Hazard is quite ready to challenge for the Ballon d'Or, if he was looking to move on from Stamford Bridge, now could be as good a time as any.
His fortunes have turned around quickly, since Chelsea's annus horribilis last year, and Hazard has been on great form - he'd no doubt attract plenty of interest right now. Chelsea may not wish to part with him, but with no new contract in sight, according to Hazard, they may not be so lucky.
Pep hails 'fantastic' Alli - but won't look to sign him
Pep Guardiola has looked to silence reports that he hoped to sign PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli from Tottenham this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the speculation, Guardiola is quoted by the Mirror as saying: "Mauricio Pochettino has to stay calm - Dele Alli will be his player next season.
"He is a fantastic player, good, new, English footballer. He's a fighter. He's good. He's someone who attacks the box and is one of the most fantastic players I have ever seen in my life.
"But Manchester City doesn't want Dele Alli."
Paper Round’s view: Guardiola should be so lucky... why would Alli want to go to the Etihad, given he's likely to finish in a better position in the league with Spurs? Oh yeah... Well, money isn't everything, though in fairness SPurs have yet to actually win wnything.
Guardiola has a bigger, defensive fish to fry this summer, we suspect, and while Alli would be a great signing, no doubt, we can't imagine this is the priority. As for Alli himself, we're actually daring to believe Spurs could be on the cusp of greatness it would make sense to stay put for now.
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