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Chelsea coach Ianni charged with improper conduct following Mourinho incident

Chelsea assistant manager Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following Saturday's Premier League game. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been reminded of his responsibilities by the Football Association and Chelsea assistant manager Marco Ianni charged with improper conduct following Saturday's Premier League game.

It follows the touchline melee after Ross Barkley's injury-time equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Ianni celebrated the goal in front of the United bench, which prompted a furious reaction from Mourinho, who had to be restrained.

Page 2: 16:14An FA statement read: "Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged following the game against Manchester United on Saturday.

"It is alleged that his behaviour in the 96th minute constituted improper conduct. He has until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 to respond to the charge.

"In relation to this incident, Jose Mourinho has been formally reminded of his responsibilities, whilst both clubs have received similar official reminders in terms of the behaviour expected of their staff and players at all times whilst in the technical area."

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Man Utd have best squad in Premier League - Sarri

Sarri says Man Utd have a strong squad. Credit: PA

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reckons the players at Jose Mourinho's disposal at Manchester United are the best in the Premier League.

Chelsea's only defeat this season came in the Community Shield to Manchester City, who lead the Blues and Liverpool on goal difference at the top of the Premier League.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is embattled at United, who are eighth after three losses in the opening eight games.

"They are a very strong team. Maybe player by player they are the best team in the Premier League," Sarri said.

"At the moment I think City are better like a team, but player by player they (United) are very, very strong."

That may be interpreted as implied criticism of Mourinho, but Sarri was not about to emulate his predecessor, Antonio Conte, in igniting a public feud with the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

"We are talking about a coach who has won everything," said Sarri, who is yet to win a trophy in his management career.

"He has won everywhere. So I think that I have to respect him. But I think, also, that you all have to respect him."

Sarri: Hazard can realise his dreams at Chelsea

Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard can become the world's best player by staying at Chelsea, according to Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid fails to materialise as he would be happy to finish his career with the London club.

And Sarri reckons the 27-year-old playmaker can realise his ambition of winning the Ballon d'Or at Stamford Bridge.

"He's a fantastic player," Sarri said.

"And so it will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.

"I think also he can win everything, also the Ballon d'Or, here, without playing in Spain.

"Because, for example, if Chelsea were able to win the Champions League, Belgium won the European Championships, he would be able to win everything, without playing in Spain."

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Hazard 'happy' at Chelsea despite Real Madrid desire

Hazard says he's happy at Chelsea. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid fails to materialise as he would be happy to finish his career at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old Belgium playmaker has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, whether to extend his Chelsea contract which expires in June 2020, or seek a "dream" move to Real.

And his sparkling form helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup and in starting the Premier League season with seven goals in eight starts and two substitute appearances has highlighted the issue of his future.

"I can finish with Chelsea," Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of the weekend meeting with Manchester United.

"No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.

"So If I don't go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans - I think the fans love me. What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that's it."

Hazard: I will not force Chelsea to sell me

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard says he will not force Chelsea to sell him.

The 27-year-old, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future and his dream of joining Real Madrid, has been in sparkling form this season.

Hazard says the Blues refused to sell him after the World Cup.

But, unlike Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois, Hazard will not push for a move.

“Chelsea were clear to me, I could not leave, I accepted it,” Hazard told Telefoot.

“Leaving or staying, I knew I was going to be happy. I do not regret at all.

“I will never clash with a club. If I leave Chelsea, I will leave on good terms.”

Courtois had one year remaining on his Chelsea contract when he forced the Blues’ hand and was allowed to join Real.

Hazard on Friday appeared to rule out a January switch to Real in one of many public pronouncements on the situation in the October international break.

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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