‘I hope Hazard stays at Chelsea’ – Kepa hits back at Courtois call

The Blues star has been frequently linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the club’s new goalkeeper hopes that he stays put

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga hopes Eden Hazard stays at Stamford Bridge amid reported interest from Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old became the world’s most expensive keeper after Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao £72 million (€80m/$92m) for his signature , with Thibaut Courtois leaving for Madrid.

Courtois said it would be “fantastic” if Hazard joined him at the Santiago Bernabeu when he was presented to the media on Wednesday, but Kepa is keen for the Belgium attacker to stay put.

“I always like to have the best players in my team,” he said at his first news conference since joining the Premier League side.

“For him [Hazard] this is a personal situation and I’m not sure what he’ll decide but I would very much like the best players around.”

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