Liverpool are not in danger of losing in-form forward Sadio Mane to Real Madrid despite apparent interest from the Spanish giants, former Reds star Danny Murphy believes.

Mane, 27, has enjoyed comfortably his best season in senior football, scoring 22 times in the Premier League to finish joint top-scorer in the division with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Senegal international has been a revelation ever since signing from Southampton in 2016, going on to form a formidable attacking trident with Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Mane also chipped in with four goals to help Liverpool reach the Champions League final, which the Reds will contest against Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

The Spanish capital could be where Mane plays his football permanently next season if reports of Los Blancos' interest is genuine, though Murphy does not think fans need to worry, particularly if they become European champions for a sixth time.

Murphy told Omnisport: "I don't think they are in danger of losing him and, to be honest, I think he's happy.

"He's loved, he's scoring, competing for trophies. I know there's been links with Madrid, but I just don't see him going or wanting to leave where he is, where he is doing so much good and playing so well and is loved.

"Never say never with anybody, but, at the moment in terms of what he's done this season, would he be a bigger miss than [Philippe] Coutinho? Yes, he would, because his numbers are bigger, he's more productive and scores more goals. He's more of a threat.

"He's been brilliant this season. He really has moved on again from last season. He's stood up and been counted when so many people probably didn't expect him to compare with the likes of Salah in terms of his goalscoring exploits.

"Ideally, if you win, it's easier to keep a player when you're champions of Europe, I get that. Why would you want to leave?

"But I just don't think any of them are in that space at the moment, things are so good. Everyone's playing so well and there's a nice togetherness, so I don't see that being a problem, but of course it would help if they won [the Champions League]."

Spurs defied the odds in reaching the Champions League final, particularly in their dramatic ties with Manchester City and Ajax – a last-gasp Lucas Moura goal securing a three-goal comeback against the latter.

Son Heung-min, Lucas and the fit-again Harry Kane have all impressed in the competition, though Murphy is adamant Liverpool do not need to be hugely worried about Spurs.

"I think it's more the other way around," Murphy, also an ex-Spurs player, said. "I think for Liverpool, if they carry on playing with the same intensity, momentum and confidence that they have been, Tottenham will be more worried about Liverpool than Liverpool will be about Tottenham.

"Liverpool have beaten Tottenham a lot over the last few years. They've only lost once to them in the last six or seven years, which is not a great record when you when you look at it.

"Liverpool won't be doing anything other than going into the game with the same confidence – full-backs flying forward, the three forward men will be interchanging, causing problems, running in behind, pressing.

"You'll have the three midfielders who will all just get about the pitch, they know how to condense space and how to press, when to press – they're a well-oiled machine, Liverpool.

"So, Liverpool won't be too worried about where they stop Tottenham. I mean of course there's some players you have to get close to at times, but I think with [Virgil] Van Dijk at the back leading them and with how calm and assured he is, it's not Liverpool who'll be worried, it's Tottenham."

Murphy was talking to Omnisport on behalf of Greene King's Summer of Sport campaign, which is encouraging people to watch more sport ahead of the Champions League Final, Nations League Finals and Women's World Cup.

Cesc Fabregas has backed Eden Hazard to “win everything” at Real Madrid, with a move from Chelsea reportedly set to be completed.

The Belgium international has been one of the star performers in the Premier League since moving to Stamford Bridge seven years ago, but gave a strong indication on Wednesday that his match-winning showing against Arsenal in the Europa League final would be his last appearance for the club.

Monaco midfielder Fabregas, who won two Premier League titles alongside Hazard, feels that he can go on and compete for both individual and team honours that have not been achievable in London.

"It is a difficult situation and a difficult opinion for me to have,” Fabregas told Goal.

"He has been at Chelsea – and I don't want people to think I am being critical of the club here – but I think it is time that Eden leaves and tries something else.



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"I know he always says he doesn't care about the Ballon d'Or, but deep down it is something that I think every player feels would be a nice thing. I think I believe more than he does that he can win the Ballon d'Or, definitely. I know his ability. I know what he can do. I have played with the very best.

"I think at Chelsea, he could never win it. Not because Chelsea is not good enough or anything like that but there are teams and clubs that are so big with their image around the world that it makes a big difference. I think that at Real Madrid that Eden would win everything.

"He would kill it. He would be brilliant. I have no doubts. He is 28 - it is his last chance to have this. It is now or never. The other option is to stay at Chelsea, which could be a great move for him but only if he really wants it, is happy and he believes in the future of the team."

Tottenham and Liverpool will contest an all-English Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday and both teams certainly earned their place in the showpiece.

A day after the Reds remarkably overturned a 3-0 semi-final deficit against Barcelona, Spurs came back from being behind by the same margin with only 45 minutes of their tie against Ajax remaining in Amsterdam.

Both games were wild matches to live long in the memory but, somehow, they were entirely in keeping with the incredible drama this season's Champions League knockout stages have produced.

Routine fixtures became the exception as Europe's elite did battle in style.

Juventus 3 Atletico Madrid 0 (3-2 agg)

Setting the tone for a run of games where overturning the odds became vogue, Atletico Madrid saw a strong position crumble in the face of a familiar foe.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin gave Diego Simeone's men a 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano – prompting an X-rated celebrated from their boss in the eyes of UEFA – but the return match of the last-16 showdown belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Massimiliano Allegri figured his star forward's aerial prowess could cause Atleti problems and so it proved when he powered in behind Juanfran to score in the 27th minute.

Jan Oblak could not prevent a second Ronaldo header from crossing his line after Godin and Gimenez were caught out by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who dispatched a penalty four minutes from time to complete a hat-trick and take his career tally versus Los Rojiblancos to 25.

Real Madrid 1 Ajax 4 (3-5 agg)

They might have fallen painfully in the semi-final, but Ajax's fearless young stars can reflect fondly upon one of the greatest ever modern Champions League campaigns.

Despite their impressive display in a 2-1 first-leg defeat, nobody really seemed to think Erik ten Hag's side could turn things around in the last 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos certainly did not - he purposefully picked up a booking to avoid the risk of a quarter-final ban, earning an additional one-match suspension from UEFA in the process.

In the absence of their captain, Madrid completely capitulated to their fearless and thrilling opponents.

Hakim Ziyech and David Neres put the visitors 2-0 up by the 18th minute and it was 3-0 just after the hour thanks to the inspired Dusan Tadic.

Marco Asensio got a goal back but Lasse Schone's free-kick beat Thibaut Courtois and sent Madrid crashing out. It was the first time they had ever been knocked out after winning the first leg of a Champions League tie.

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester United 3 (3-3 agg, United won on away goals)

A day on from Ajax's thrashing of Madrid, Manchester United made history at Parc des Princes.

No side had ever won a knockout tie after trailing 2-0 from a first leg at home, and with 10 senior players missing, including the banned Paul Pogba, United's chances looked slim.

Romelu Lukaku scored just two minutes in, though, and despite Juan Bernat's equaliser on the night, Lukaku capitalised upon a Gianluigi Buffon error to make it 2-1.

As the game crept towards second-half injury time, Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe's arm and the referee awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review. Marcus Rashford scored it, United progressed and the clamour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be given the permanent manager's job grew louder.

Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 (4-4 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

Tottenham scored through Son Heung-min in a tense, frenetic first leg. Crucially, as it turned out, City did not. They were not about to make the same mistake as Raheem Sterling thrashed an early opener past Hugo Lloris at the Etihad Stadium.

Son responded with two superb finishes of his own, leaving Pep Guardiola's side with a quarter-final mountain to climb. They duly began to scale it. Bernardo Silva scored, Sterling scored again. There had only been 21 minutes played.

Something faintly resembling a normal football match broke out and Sergio Aguero finished emphatically to give City the lead in the tie for the first time in the 59th minute.

In a sight Ajax are now familiar with, Spurs looked spent until Fernando Llorente bundled them back into the lead on away goals. That advantage ultimately remained, but only after Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick. Bedlam ensued until VAR showed Aguero was fractionally offside during the build-up.

Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 (4-3 agg)

Fresh from netting a late winner at Newcastle United the weekend before, Divock Origi allowed the Liverpool faithful to dream by poaching his maiden Champions League goal in the seventh minute. Still, overturning the 3-0 advantage Barca had brought to Merseyside looked a tall order.

Jurgen Klopp needed Alisson to be on form as he saved from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, before another unlikely hero emerged.

Andy Robertson's injury forced James Milner to left-back and Georginio Wijnaldum into the fray at half-time. By the hour, the Dutch midfielder had Liverpool level thanks to two goals in 122 delirious seconds.

Origi had the final word thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking from a 79th-minute corner, leaving Barcelona and Messi crestfallen.

Ajax 2 Tottenham 3 (3-3 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

As they did at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Ajax made a smooth start and led through their inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt in the fifth minute.

Ziyech emphatically made it 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, but Lucas changed the complexion of the contest with a quickfire brace as he was supported by Dele Alli's intelligent running from midfield and Llorente's robust accompaniment in attack.

Ziyech hit the post and Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen hit the bar. Amsterdam held its breath and Lucas proved to be the coolest man in the stadium in the 96th minute, sending his side onwards to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Gareth Bale still loves playing football although he is on the fringes at Real Madrid, according to Wales manager Ryan Giggs.

Bale and Giggs are preparing for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary but the forward's club future is up in the air.

Zinedine Zidane appeared unwilling to use Bale in the closing weeks of Madrid's LaLiga season, with the pair having reportedly fallen out during the Frenchman's first spell in charge.

Bale helped Madrid win three consecutive Champions League titles under Zidane but his time in the Spanish capital now seems to be drawing to a close.

Giggs, though, does not feel Bale's situation at Madrid has resulted in the 29-year-old falling out of love with the sport.

"We played a game [on Tuesday] and he looked really good, sharp and really fresh," Giggs said. "I'm excited to see him in these two games [against Croatia and Hungary].

"He was sharp, he wanted the ball, and he was practising his trademark of cutting in on his left foot. He scored a great goal.

"Afterwards when a lot of the lads went in he was practising his shooting, so that doesn't strike me as someone who just wants to get off and go back to his room.

"It struck me as a professional who still loves football."

Bale is Wales' star man but his bit-part role for Real Madrid means he is widely expected to leave the club, with a return to the Premier League mooted for the former Tottenham star.

"I'm not a Real Madrid fan. I don't know the ins and outs and I'm only looking from the outside," Giggs added.

"But you've got a player who won the team the Champions League final last year with one of the best goals you've ever seen and performs for that team week in, week out.

"I remember the original Ronaldo getting stick off Real Madrid fans. I remember Cristiano [Ronaldo] getting stick early doors.

"It's that kind of club, it's a club like no other where the white handkerchiefs come out if they don't like you. That's just the way it is.

"If he's flying for Real Madrid then I'm asked if that's a benefit. If he's not, then he's coming in fresh. There is always an angle."

Sergio Ramos admires Eden Hazard and believes the Chelsea star would be a "great addition" for Real Madrid.

Hazard, 28, is expected to complete a long-awaited move to LaLiga giants Madrid following a match-winning performance in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

The Belgium international scored twice in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Arsenal and then revealed his departure is likely to be confirmed in the "next few days".

Ramos, who had been linked with a move to China, fronted a news conference on Thursday to reaffirm his own commitment to Zinedine Zidane's side and fielded questions about Hazard's potential arrival.

"Hazard is a great player, top, and he would be a great addition to Real Madrid," the captain and star centre-back said.

"I don't know if he's coming, I don't know the situation, but he could add a lot to this club."

Hazard has just over 12 months left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning Madrid must meet Chelsea's asking price in order to push through a deal.

The former Lille forward has spent the past seven years in London, winning a pair of Europa League crowns along with two Premier League titles.

Paul Pogba and Luka Jovic are among the other players to have been linked with joining Madrid, with Ramos expecting significant arrivals before the start of the new season.

"I think it's exciting, who's coming and going, but things will be good," Ramos added. "We'll have a new side, people will leave I'm sure, some new players too, and we need to be hungry and motivated.

"People say if you win so much you lose hunger but not in my case. Bringing in new signings will make everyone more excited and more positive, so I think we've got a good future here.

"Results and titles are what matters and this is what we're looking for."

Sergio Ramos says he has rebuilt his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after a private conversation between the pair over a potential exit from the club was "leaked".

Perez appeared on Spanish radio station Onda Cero this week to reveal Ramos had indicated his desire to join an unnamed Chinese Super League club.

"They [Ramos' advisors] mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated," Perez said.

But Ramos appeared at a news conference on Thursday to refute speculation his 14-year stay at Madrid could be coming to an end, affirming he hopes to spend the rest of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old, whose contract expires in 2021, said he was not using the CSL interest to push for more money from Madrid and denied being the source of the leaked conversation with Perez.

"The relationship with the president is like father and son and, of course, that dynamic can have moments of conflict too," Ramos said. "We haven't discussed money and my intention is to talk about this in a frank manner with the president.

"I get frustrated by the amount of media coverage generated by this episode. My relationship with the president has generally been good but like any relationship it does have some ups and downs.

"I wanted to clear this up so we can all enjoy the summer and ensure that my name is not in the headlines. I get annoyed to see stories circulating that are not true and that was the motivation for calling the press conference.

"It's wrong that people feel when these situations arise with me and the club that it's to do with money.

"I held a private meeting with the president where I informed him of the offer from China. This was a private conversation that has been leaked and the result is the speculation we've seen over the past few days. Once again, this was my motivation in holding this press conference.

"The meeting was very normal, very calm, I put the offer on the table, but that does not mean I want to go, it was a private meeting that came to light.

"The offer was on the table, I would not have considered it, but the relationship was not as I thought it was, it's speculation and as it's 15 days before my wedding I wanted to fix it.

"I will give Florentino a real hug, I am like that, when something goes wrong, I go face to face. I talked to him and we fixed it, we want to build the future together and from then on everything is fixed."

Ramos indicated moving to China is a potential option later in his career, but he is also open to beginning a coaching career with Madrid.

"I always felt loved there, when we've been there with the team in the past on pre-season tours," he added.

"You never know in the future, maybe two or four years, it could be China or the US, or I could stay here and be a coach.

"I can't tell you what the options are as I don't know myself. I just want to stay here and compete and do all I can."

Sergio Ramos will remain at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future after agreeing to spurn an offer from China - stating his dream is to retire at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The star centre-back fronted a news conference at the LaLiga club's training complex on Thursday to dispel all doubts about his commitment, just days after seemingly angling for a move away.

Madrid president Florentino Perez earlier this week admitted to rebuffing captain Ramos' request to take up a lucrative opportunity in the Chinese Super League.

Perez refused to sanction a proposed a free transfer, claiming it would set a "bad precedent" for a player under contract until 2021, and the four-time Champions League winner is content to focus on a 15th season with the club.

Indeed, the 33-year-old Ramos has designs on staying around for a good while longer and suggested talks involving his representatives had muddied the waters.

"I would extend my contract for the rest of my life," he said. "The president and I have a very good relationship, like father and son, we've been together a long time. He makes the decisions. He's always counted me in his decisions and I am happy to be part of the squad under him.

"Not at all do I want to leave, my dream is to retire here and I always said that. The president will tell you that too, I would never go. I'd even be ready to play for free.

"Our relationship has always been very good but who doesn't have an argument with their father every now and again? Maybe we should've spoken face to face instead of getting third parties involved but it is in the past. I came home to people saying I want to go but I have my contract here and I don't want to leave."

Ramos has enjoyed a highly successful career since arriving in the Spanish capital from Sevilla in 2005.

The World Cup winner's honours include four LaLiga titles and he continues to hold a high degree of influence in the dressing room.

"We haven't talked about my deal here for a minute," he continued. "We've just talked about how it's reassuring to be here and have this great relationship with the club. There's loyalty involved and we've spoken face to face to sort out all the rumours that had been said about the situation.

"The offer was there but it never tempted me. If the fans or the club didn't want me here it might have interested me, but I've never ever thought about going to China.

"The relationship maybe hasn't been as good as in the past but it's been sorted out. We had a private conversation about the offer that was made and there was speculation, but in two weeks' time we have a wedding and I want to speak to Florentino there.

"I speak to him like a father and I want to continue like that, continue my future together with the club, and I want to leave successful and triumphantly."

Ramos made 42 appearances in all competitions during a difficult 2018-19 season for Madrid, scoring 11 goals.

Sergio Ramos will appear at a news conference on Thursday amid rumours over his future, Real Madrid have confirmed.

Ramos, who is Madrid's captain, has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and will address the media at 17:30 local time.

Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed to Spanish radio station Onda Cero this week that Ramos had indicated his desire to leave, but insisted a free transfer was out of the question.

"They [Ramos' advisors] mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated," Perez said.

"I told him that he can't leave and that we would be speaking to the Chinese club interested in signing him.

"It's impossible to let your captain leave for free, that would be setting a bad precedent."

Ramos has been at Madrid since joining from Sevilla in 2005, becoming one of the club's modern icons.

He captained Madrid to Champions League titles in each of the past three seasons and also won the tournament in 2013-14.

Spain defender Ramos has also won four LaLiga titles during his time at Madrid, along with four Club World Cups.

Eden Hazard announced his intention to leave Chelsea after Wednesday's Europa League final win over Arsenal, meaning the Premier League is preparing to say farewell to a great.

The Belgium international joined Chelsea from French side Lille in 2012 and swiftly adapted, before becoming undoubtedly one of the division's best players.

Not only that, should he depart Chelsea, as is expected, he will be remembered as one of the club's true icons alongside the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, such is the impact he has had in his seven years.

Real Madrid is likely to be Hazard's next destination, with Chelsea reportedly hoping to get £100million for their prized asset.

If Madrid get their man, they will be getting a truly immense footballer, as the following Opta data shows…

352 – In his seven years at the club, Hazard made 352 appearances across all competitions.

191 – Having scored 110 times and provided 81 assists, Hazard was involved in 191 goals for Chelsea, 94 more the player with the next most, Willian.

2 – Hazard went out on a high, scoring a brace in Baku. In doing so, he became the first player to net twice in a single major UEFA final for an English club since Mark Hughes in the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup showpiece between Manchester United and Barcelona.

21 – The 2018-19 season was Hazard's best in terms of goals for Chelsea, netting 21 times across all competitions.

19 – Hazard's best campaign for assists was 2012-13 when he created 19 goals. This term he laid on 17, with 15 coming in the Premier League to make him the most creative player across Europe's top five leagues.

85 – A haul of 85 Premier League goals makes Hazard Chelsea's third all-time leading scorer in the division, behind only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

50 – Hazard is also the only player aside from Lampard and Drogba to both score and assist 50 or more goals in the Premier League for Chelsea.

595 – Since moving to the Premier League, Hazard has created 595 chances, more than anyone else. David Silva is second to him with 566.

54 – However, Hazard's record of 54 assists in England's top-flight is fewer than Silva (61) and Christian Eriksen (60).

1,441 – The Belgian attempted (1,441) and complete (909) more dribbles than any other Premier League player since the start of the 2012-13 season.

102 – This term, Hazard has averaged a goal or assist every 102 minutes, making it easily his most productive campaign at the club, improving on his record of a goal involvement every 128.6 minutes from the previous season.

Eden Hazard put in a typically brilliant display in what looks certain to be his last appearance for Chelsea in Wednesday's Europa League final against Arsenal.

The Belgium international's contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of next season and Real Madrid are the clear favourites for his signature.

After the Blues' closing Premier League outing at Leicester City, Hazard said he had made up his mind and informed the club of his decision, but no official announcement on his future has been made.

Following his two-goal display in Chelsea's 4-1 win in Baku, Hazard confirmed the game was likely his farewell match after seven years at the club.

Here, we look back at some of the goals that saw Hazard develop from a promising talent, signed from Lille in 2012, to undoubtedly the best player in Maurizio Sarri's side.


Stoke City 0 Chelsea 4 – January 12, 2013

Chelsea were already leading 3-0 when Hazard received the ball in a central area 40 yards from goal. He made light work of turning inside Glenn Whelan, who appeared to be running on rails, and then unleashed a fierce left-footed effort that swerved beyond Asmir Begovic and into the top-left corner.

Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2 – May 2, 2016

There was little for Chelsea fans to cheer in a dismal 2015-16 season that saw them suffer a dramatic fall from grace after clinching the Premier League title in the previous campaign. However, half-time substitute Hazard sent them into raptures when he finished a move he initiated inside his own half by curling a first-time finish into the top-right corner, ending rivals Tottenham's challenge to unlikely champions Leicester.

Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1 – February 4, 2017

Pouncing on a loose ball in the centre circle, Hazard shuffled past Laurent Koscielny and sent Francis Coquelin spinning as he headed diagonally towards the touchline. Free of the terrier-like Coquelin, the Belgian angled his run towards the box, turned Koscielny inside out and got his shot away before Shkodran Mustafi could get a block in. The victory sent eventual champions Chelsea nine points clear at the top of the Premier League and opened up a 12-point cushion to the third-placed Gunners.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2 – September 26, 2018

Hazard looked destined to lose the ball when he shifted away from Jordan Henderson and towards Fabinho, who he turned away from and into Roberto Firmino. However, he slipped a pass to Cesar Azpilicueta between Firmino's legs and followed it out to the right wing. His change of pace and shielding of the ball enabled him to get around Naby Keita and into the box, where he switched direction by nutmegging Alberto Moreno before rifling a stunning finish across Simon Mignolet to seal a late win in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 – April 8, 2019

One thing you cannot afford Hazard is space to run into, and West Ham did exactly that in this Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge. He breezed past Mark Noble and proved too quick for the recovering Declan Rice as he surged towards the box. Two sensational, rapid touches saw him evade the challenge of Fabian Balbuena and leave the Paraguayan's centre-back partner Angelo Ogbonna rooted to the spot. Hazard followed it up by stabbing into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards for another sensational solo goal as Ryan Fredericks lunged in from the left.

Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1 – May 29, 2019

His final Chelsea goal? It certainly looks as though Hazard's second in Wednesday's win will be his last in the blue jersey. While it may not have been a 30-yard screamer or coming after a solo run, it was well-worked and deserves inclusion for its significance. The winger seized upon a loose ball, darted forward and fed Olivier Giroud into the left side of the box. He continued his run and received the Frenchman's chipped pass, sweeping home with aplomb and signing off in style.


Only Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are suitable replacements for Eden Hazard if he leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid, according to David Luiz.

Hazard played a pivotal role as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League trophy on Wednesday, with the Belgian scoring twice in Baku.

In the immediate aftermath he confirmed that it was probably his final outing in a Chelsea shirt ahead of an expected move to Madrid.

The Spanish giants have long been linked with the Belgium international, whose Chelsea contract expires next year.

The Premier League club are reported to be holding out for £100million for Hazard, and although David Luiz feels it will be tough to fill the void left by his friend's departure, the Brazilian has high hopes for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

When asked who could replace Hazard, David Luiz told reporters: "That's either Messi or Ronaldo.

"I think, if he goes, I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic player, friend and guy.

"I've known him ever since he was so young here. I am so happy for him because the world knows who Eden Hazard is.

"It [moving on] is part of life. Some cycles finish, some cycles start. I think we have many, many talents within the club who can replace him.

"Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is great. Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden.

"It didn't start so well because of the injury [Hudson-Odoi suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in April], but it is time for him to improve in other sides [of his game]."

Brazil great Ronaldo can understand the comparisons between himself and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, a player he professes to "love".

Mbappe, 20, enjoyed a remarkable season in Ligue 1 this term, scoring 33 goals in 29 matches for the champions.

The France international was the undisputed star of PSG's title defence and has been linked with record moves to Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Throughout his fledgling career Mbappe has been likened to former Brazil, Barca, Madrid and Inter forward Ronaldo, as he has a similar combination of pace, skill and lethal finishing.

When asked by Marca if he concurs with those saying they see Ronaldo in Mbappe, the Brazilian said: "Yes, I do. I love him.

"He's fast, can finish and he's only 20 years old. We've known about him for three years already because he has a lot of talent.

"I don't know how players are valued at what they are now, but who am I to speak? People paid a lot of money for me, and for [Zinedine] Zidane. It's a normal evolution in football."

If Mbappe was to move to Madrid, he would link up with another of the world's most promising players in Vinicius Junior.

Ronaldo's compatriot enjoyed a promising debut season and was one of the few bright points for Madrid, who finished third in LaLiga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.

"No, I'd seen him at Flamengo," Ronaldo replied when asked if Vinicius' adaptation was unexpected.

"He has a lot of quality and that's why Madrid paid €40million. When they put him in the team they saw what he has.

"He's not fully formed, but he's 18 years old and it'll come. He's an incredible player and will bring a lot of joy."

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has no qualms about Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid, adamant the winger has earned such a move through his dedication to the Blues.

Hazard has long been linked with Madrid, with the Spanish club said to see him as the rightful replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last year.

Speculation has persisted over the last few months despite Chelsea's desire to keep hold of the Belgium international, but the Premier League side have found themselves in a weak position as his contract expires next year.

The player claimed he made a decision about his future a while ago, but only revealed his departure is likely in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Few of his team-mates will begrudge him a move, however, with Kante convinced Hazard's service in seven years at the club has earned him some credit.

Speaking to reporters in Baku, Kante said: "It's not sad. I think Eden did an amazing job, had an amazing time with Chelsea.

"He stayed here a long time, he won many trophies. He played amazing tonight [in the Europa League final]. We are happy for him.

"I don't know what is going to happen next, but we can only wish him the best because he did a lot for Chelsea.

"It was a pleasure to play with him and we'll see what happens."

Jurgen Klopp masterminded a stunning 97-point season in the Premier League only to be pipped on the final day by a relentless Manchester City.

In many respects, it would feel cruel for such a phenomenal side to finish the campaign without a trophy.

But that is exactly what will happen if Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League shock troops can seal silverware for Tottenham at Liverpool's expense in Madrid.

Klopp must overcome Spurs, as well as a wretched individual record in major finals.

Here, we look at some memories the charismatic German will hope to banish on Saturday.

2012 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 5 Bayern Munich 2

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund an early lead, one that was restored by Mats Hummels' penalty after Bayern's Arjen Robben had converted a spot kick of his own. Robert Lewandowski then took centre-stage with a hat-trick as Klopp's Dortmund closed out a domestic double. It remains his last victory in a final.

2013 Champions League final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2

The Klassiker rivals reconvened for the following year's Champions League final at Wembley but Jupp Heynckes' Bayern now held the upper hand. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring before Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan converted a 68th-minute penalty. Franck Ribery's backheel was snaffled by Robben for the winner a minute from time and Bayern would go on to complete the treble.

2014 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (aet)

Pep Guardiola and Klopp were first pitted against each other when the Catalan took the reins at Bayern from Heynckes for 2013-14 and duly cantered to Bundesliga glory. Dortmund ended up 19 points behind their rivals but the 2014 DFB-Pokal final was a tight and keenly contest affair – goalless after 90 minutes before Robben and Thomas Muller struck in extra time.

2015 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 3

Klopp's final season at Dortmund threatened to implode completely before a recovery after the turn of the year averted a feared relegation battle and sealed Europa League qualification. A dream farewell looked to be in prospect but they were outgunned in the Pokal by a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poached an early opener for BVB but Luiz Gustavo, De Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in a 16-minute period where goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak did not cover himself in glory.  

2016 EFL Cup final: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 1-3 on penalties)

Picking up the pieces from the disappointing denouement of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp galvanised Liverpool in the 2015-16 season and had an early shot at silverware. Philippe Coutinho forced extra time after fellow Brazil international Fernandinho opened the scoring for City. The shoot-out was all about an Argentinian, though, as Willy Caballero saved from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana – allowing Yaya Toure to dispatch the winning penalty.

2016 Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3

The Reds rebounded from that setback to plot a path to the Europa League final, thanks in part to an astonishing comeback against Klopp's old employers Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge dispatched an exquisite 35th-minute opener with the outside of his left boot, only for competition specialists Sevilla to turn the game on its head after the interval. Kevin Gameiro levelled from the restart and a roving Coke struck twice as Unai Emery's team won their third consecutive title.

2018 Champions League final: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3

The Liverpool side Klopp took to his next showpiece was a different beast altogether, operating entirely in line with his high-intensity tactical demands. However, the most valuable part of his ensemble, Mohamed Salah, was infamously injured in a first-half tussle with Sergio Ramos. Another member of Klopp's vaunted forward line, Sadio Mane, did find the target to equalise but it would be a game bookended by hideous Loris Karius errors and a Gareth Bale wondergoal.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta hopes Eden Hazard "still wins trophies with Real Madrid" as the star nears a switch to the LaLiga giants.

Hazard, 28, confirmed he had likely played his last game for Chelsea in a 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Belgium international is heavily linked with a switch to Madrid and Azpilicueta wished the star attacker well at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Honestly, the times that he had to cope with the rumours, always going, they put him in a lot of teams," he told a news conference.

"He always showed his desire not to sign for an English team, even if he could have a better contract.

"He has never been a selfish person, he always had this dream to play for Real Madrid and we will see what happens but I think he has been very honest until the last day.

"That's why the fans, they love him, because he didn't play with the club, he didn't push for another contract, just always give his best, he was very clear with the club and that's why the club is so happy with him.

"It's a big opportunity for him. He's been amazing for us and I hope he still wins trophies with Real Madrid."

Hazard has won two Premier League titles, a pair of Europa League crowns, an FA Cup and an EFL Cup during seven seasons at Chelsea.

Azpilicueta, who also arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012, is saddened by his good friend's likely exit.

"[It's] very sad, amazing person, amazing player, has been a very important part of our team," he said.

"A good friend of mine, very close, we arrived seven years ago together from France and if that moment comes, obviously, I'll be very sad."

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