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Chelsea's Hazard rules out January Real Madrid move

Hazard is enjoying a fine start to the season at Chelsea under new boss Sarri. Credit: PA

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, was speaking at a media conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News.

It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d'Or - as the world's best player - he would have to play in Spain.

"That's why I want to go, maybe," said Hazard, who was smiling.

Asked if that move might happen in January, Hazard said: "No."

Hazard has been in sparkling form this season and was asked about persistent rumours of a switch to Real after last Sunday's win at Southampton.

Hazard, whose Chelsea contract runs until June 2020, said: "Real Madrid is the best club in the world. It is my dream since I was a kid.

Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future

– Eden Hazard

The Belgium playmaker is not short of confidence at present and asked on Thursday whether he was the world's best player on form, his answer was unequivocal.

"Yes," he said.

"The team is helping me a lot also. I can improve for sure. We can always improve in football. We can score more goals, more assists."

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Bale: I was angry at being Champions League Final sub

Gareth Bale scored the winning goals in the final. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale revealed he felt "quite angry" to have been left on the Real Madrid bench for last season's Champions League final against Liverpool, before coming on to score a brilliant overhead kick.

Wales forward Bale found himself among the substitutes in Kiev, eventually being called upon by Zinedine Zidane just after the hour and then helped turn the match around with a second-half double.

Within three minutes of his introduction, Bale had converted an acrobatic bicycle kick from Marcelo's floated cross to put Real Madrid ahead and later added a long-range second past Loris Karius to help seal a 3-1 victory.

Looking back on that night in the Ukraine, Bale reflected on the emotions he felt when learning he had not made the starting XI despite his good scoring form in the run-up to the showpiece final.

"Angry. Quite angry, to be honest," Bale told the Daily Mail.

"Obviously, I felt I deserved to start the game. I'd been scoring goals. So yeah, I suppose it was hard to put the anger aside."


David Beckham to be honoured by UEFA

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David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President's Award, European football's governing body has announced.

The former England captain has been acknowledged for "outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities," UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.

Ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris St Germain midfielder Beckham will receive his award in Monaco later this year.

Ceferin said: "I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year's award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet.

"His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation."

Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999, said: "During my career I always gave 100 per cent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award.

"Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League, such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when (United) beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion."

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