Tuesday 24 October 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte refuses to put a price on Eden Hazard

David Luiz has impressed Antonio Conte
David Luiz has impressed Antonio Conte

Matt McGeehan

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte on Friday refused to put a price on Eden Hazard.

The 26-year-old Belgium playmaker has scored 10 goals as Chelsea have taken a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League entering this weekend's fixtures.

Hazard was once valued at "£100million per leg" by Jose Mourinho, but Conte declined to offer a valuation.

"I'm not very good to put a price on a player," said Conte, speaking ahead of Sunday's trip to Burnley.

"I think Eden, for sure, is a great player. A top player. He's in a level very high.

"But I don't see the problem, because we don't want to sell him. He hasn't a price now."

Hazard scored a stunning solo goal in last week's 3-1 win over Arsenal and was substituted by Conte to avoid injury and so the forward could soak up the acclaim from the Stamford Bridge support.

"I wanted to give him a great applause of our fans," Conte added.

"I think he deserved this for the game that he played, not only with the ball, but above all without the ball.

"When I make a substitution there is always a reason. Sometimes I try to preserve some players. Sometimes there is a technical choice."

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