Gianfranco Zola Provides Updates On Hazard Future And Rudiger Injury

Gianfranco Zola, like any person attached to Chelsea Football Club, wants Eden Hazard to extend his stay at the Stamford Bridge.

“There is a lot of talking around this team. I realise that. We, as a coaching staff, cannot be distracted from what we have to do on the pitch. That is what we’re trying to do: focus on our jobs and do them as best we can,” said the Blues assistant manager.

“Then we hope Hazard will stay with us – he’s such an important player for all of us. Olivier Giroud has been performing magnificently. It’s not down to me to say he will stay, because I don’t have that power.

“But it would be a massive thing for him to carry on playing as he is, and an incentive for the club to sign him up for a long time. There is the ban going on, too. I understand that these are not easy circumstances, but we need to maintain focus because this league, this year… I’ve heard talk about this being a bad season, but if we can win the Europa League and finish fourth, it could be a remarkable season. That’s where the focus is.”

Zola did bring some good news amidst the speculation of Hazard leaving. Antonio Rudiger, who limped off the pitch early in the 2-0 Anfield defeat last Sunday is in a better condition than initially predicted.

“It looks not as bad as we thought, luckily,” Zola added. “When he came off limping, we were worried. Apparently, it’s not that bad. He’s a strong boy and he’ll be back sooner than you expect.

“There is a strong possibility that we see him [against Manchester United]. He’s a warrior and won’t want to miss a game like that. The next few days will be very important to see if he can continue recovering. He’s an important player for us.”

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