Eden Hazard Reveals Final Transfer Window Decision After Months of ‘Nonsense’ Talk

?Eden Hazard has categorically dismissed rumours that he will be leaving Chelsea this summer, citing the Premier League’s transfer window handicap as the reason he will be staying put.

Rumours have been rife that Hazard was a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, but with the Premier League transfer window now closed, the club would be unable to sign a replacement for Hazard until January.

But the Belgian winger says he is happy at ?Chelsea, and has no desire to leave them short of players.

He told ?RMC after ?Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal: “Many things have been said – nonsense and everything. For now, I’m happy. I still have two years left on my contract and we’ll see what happens. I will not leave this year.


“The transfer window in England is already closed. We can sell but we cannot sign players. It would be a bit strange for Chelsea to let me go and not recruit another player. We could see that the fans like me a lot. I feel good here. We’ll see what happens in a year or two years.”

Hazard’s words will come as music to the ears of those of a blue persuasion, as the club will have dreaded watching Hazard go in the direction Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois, who ?departed for Real Madrid on deadline day.

Many feared the worst when he was left out of the starting 11 against Arsenal, but he came on to set up the winner, and his post match words indicate in the clearest terms that he is indeed going nowhere this month.

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Real Madrid vs Getafe Preview: Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More

??Real Madrid will have to quickly get over the disappointment of their defeat in the UEFA Super Cup at the hands of Atletico Madrid as they kick off their La Liga campaign against Getafe on Sunday.

Los Blancos have endured a turbulent summer which saw them lose their talisman ?Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and, as of yet, the acquisition of goalkeeper Thibaut Coutois has been their only marquee signing during the transfer window.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

Despite this, they’ll still be expected to challenge for the La Liga title and under new manager Julen Lopetegui it will be very interesting to see how they will fare.

Getafe aren’t going to roll over easily if last season is anything to go by and after finishing with the third best defensive record in the league in 2017/18, they’ll be looking to kick on again this this season.


Recent Form

For the most part, it was a very successful pre-season for Real Madrid, who won all but one of their matches in the International Champions Cup. They defeated three Italian oponents in the shape of Roma, AC Milan and Juventus, but were undone by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester Unted.

Real Madrid v AC Milan - Pre-Season Friendly

Los Blancos officially started their list of competitive fixtures earlier in the week against bitter rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup. They looked slightly off the pace and ended up being defeated in extra time by ultimately hungrier opposition.

Getafe haven’t played against sides who are anywhere near the same quality, but they have gone the whole summer unbeaten, rounding off their summer with an entertaining 3-3 draw against Girona.


Team News

All the focus will be on the goalkeeping position as it is not yet clear as to whether new signing Thibaut Courtois will be ready to make his debut for Los Blancos. 

The Belgian stopper is set to eventually become the first choice keeper at the Bernabeu, but he sat to watch from the stands against Atletico as Keylor Navas retained his spot in goal. 

Real Madrid Unveil New Signing Thibaut Courtois

Luka Modric started from the bench against Atletico so he is unlikely to start as he looks to get back to full fitness after returning from the World Cup.

Getafe made plenty of signings during the transfer window and there should be a few debuts handed out across the park. 

Nemanja Maksimovic, fresh from joining on a permanent deal from Valencia is likely to start in central midfield, but it may be difficult for new strikers Jaime Mata and Sergi Guardiola to displace Angel Rodriguez and Jorge Molina. 


Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Bale, Asensio, Benzema.

Getafe: Soria, Suarez, Dakonam, Gonzalez, Antunes, Portillo, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Ndiaye, Rodriguez, Molina.


Prediction

Real Madrid already have a serious point to prove this season, despite the fact that they are currently the Champions League holders and are undeniably one of the best sides in the world.

It was strange to watch Real without Ronaldo against Atletico, but Los Blancos will have to get used to his absence from the side pronto. 

Barcelona and Atletico will be fighting tooth and nail to win the title this year, so a slow league start will be the last thing that Lopetegui needs.

Getafe v Girona - La Liga

Getafe proved that they can more than hold their own and they should do well again this season after comfortably finishing in the top half of the league last time around.

However, Real will be coming out swinging after their midweek loss and they should have enough quality to get back to winning ways immediately.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Getafe in Their La Liga Opener on Sunday

Real Madrid kick off their 2018/19 La Liga campaign at home to Getafe on Sunday.

Los Blancos are looking to recover from a disappointing defeat to their Madrid rival Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening. New manager Julen Lopetegui will be under immense pressure this season and getting off to a winning start in the league will be absolutely imperative – especially at the Bernabeu.

Here’s a look at the best potential team which could lineup against Getafe.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas (GK) The biggest question mark will be whether Navas retains his place in goal over new signing Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper is still acclimatising to life in Madrid, so this may be Navas’ last chance to impress.

Dani Carvajal (RB) – The undisputed right back at Real, Carvajal is expected to start as usual.

Raphael Varane (CB) – Will be looking to recover after an uncharacteristic mistake in extra-time during the Super Cup defeat.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Scored a well taken penalty in the Super Cup and will no doubt continue to perform at the highest level again this season.

Marcelo (LB) – Consistently a top performer, Marcelo is set to remain as Real’s first choice left back for the foreseeable future.

2. Midfielders

Toni Kroos (CM) – The German kept the ball well as per usual against Atletico, but he’ll be looking to add a bit more in the final third.

Casemiro (CM) Such a key component in the midfield, no one else is able to break up opposition possession quite as well as the Brazilian.

Gareth Bale (RM) The main man following Ronaldo’s departure, he will be one of the first names on the teamsheet this season.

Marco Asensio (LM) When Luka Modric is back to match fitness, the youngster could be left out of the squad. He has to impress in this one to leave a doubt in Lopetegui’s mind.

Isco (AM) May have been lacking a little bit of match fitness in his last outing, but he should get the nod over Modric for now

3. Forward

Karim Benzema (ST) – The man who has benefited the most from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema will be the first choice striker this season.

He got off to a decent start against Atletico when he scored a well taken header in the first half of the tie.

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Julen Lopetegui Reportedly Demands Real Madrid Sign New Striker Before Transfer Window Slams Shut

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is eager to add reinforcements to his squad and has duly made a request to the club’s board to sign a striker before the transfer window slams close.

The former Spain boss is aware of the tests which await the club and is wary the current lack of options at centre forward will spell trouble in the pursuit of silverware, a foreboding feeling which has led to his latest demand to the board. 

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According to ?MarcaLopetegui had hoped to welcome a new centre back, midfielder and striker before September came around, but with time no longer on ?Real Madrid‘s side the latter has emerged as the priority.

The defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Super Cup last week highlighted the lack of options in attack, and while ?Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are expected to emerge from ?Cristiano Ronaldo‘s shadow, Lopetegui wants a more reliable alternative to call upon. 

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The likes of Mauro Icardi, Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski were reported to be of interest to Real earlier in the window, but with time running out Lopetegui has made it clear that he does not need a big name, just a player who is capable of performing the role as required. 

Lyon’s Mariano and Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia are said to be realistic targets for such a short time frame, but the report claims both Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez believe the current batch of players are capable of winning another Champions League without further additions. 


With resistance from the board, Lopetegui faces the prospect of heading into his debut season at the Bernabeu with Bale, Benzema and Marco Asensio as his focal points in attack, with only a handful of untried players in Borja Mayoral and Raul de Tomas in reserve to act as cover.

Real Madrid will start their new league campaign against Getafe on Sunday evening. 

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo Cites World Cup Fatigue as Reason Behind Recent Super Cup Defeat

Real Madrid star Marcelo has claimed that fatigue from the World Cup was the reason behind their Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

In the end it was a convincing win for ?Atletico as they ran out ?4-2 winners after extra time against their Madrid rivals on Wednesday night in Estonia. 

Speaking after the game, Marcelo aired his frustrations at the loss and claimed the defeat was down to fatigue from the World Cup, as reported by Onda Cero.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

“The errors have come by fatigue, some of us have arrived late from the World Cup.”

The excuse of fatigue from the left back seems irrelevant as only five stars of the Real side featured beyond the quarter final stages of the World Cup, with Marcelo and fellow Brazilian Casemiro being knocked out at the last eight stage.

Many players from the team did feature in the World Cup, but the likes of Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos both left the competition early, therefore giving those players time to recover and get back to match fitness quicker.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

Marcelo goes onto state that the defeat will be forgotten about and all that matters is the upcoming league campaign. ?Real begin their season against Getafe on Sunday and will be looking to improve on last year’s disappointing league finish of third.

It will be interesting to see if the club replaces the gaping hole left by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus. With only two weeks left of the window, there is still time for Real to bring in a new Galactico.

The failure to bring in a new signing to replace Ronaldo could be good news for Gareth Bale who this season could finally become the main man at Madrid, which could see him finally fulfil his potential. 

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