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Chelsea Star Wants Belgian Ace At Stamford Bridge: What Should Be Conte’s Play Here?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Eden Hazard recently spoke out in an interview saying that he would like national teammates Radja Nainggolan and Kevin De Bruyne to join him at Chelsea. While Kevin De Bruyne first adventure in England was in Blue colours, Nainggolan has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea since Antonio Conte’s arrival to Stamford Bridge.

Asked which of his Belgian teammates he would like to join him in the capital, Hazard told Copa90: “Kevin De Bruyne.” Upon being told that De Bruyne has already donned the Blues shirt he gave another name.

“Go on, I’ll give another one – Radja Nainggolan,” said Hazard. “He’s good, he’s good.”

Kevin De Bruyne came to Chelsea as a youngster but the Blues deemed him not got enough to play for Chelsea. He was sold to German club Wolfsburg where he set up a record number of assists in two years. It earned him an expensive ticket back to England to Manchester City and since his arrival, he has justified his worth. He has been the best player in England by far this season and hence it is no wonder why Hazard would want him back at Chelsea. However, the attacking midfielder is enjoying his time at Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team has displayed tremendous form since the start of the season and are seemingly looking like the best side not just in England but in Europe at the moment. Pep’s team has already played the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool in the league and beaten the Serie A leaders Napoli twice in the Champions League.

Having spent a fortune in the transfer market, Pep finally has a squad of players he likes and is delivering on his promise of providing relentless, attacking football at the Etihad this season. A quick look through the City squad will pop up the names of players like Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and many more. With a manager like Guardiola at the helm of such a talented side, it is not surprising to see City play the way they are.

They have been in flawless form this season, dispatching opponents with absurd ease and with their confidence and team chemistry getting stronger and stronger after each game, the future proposition for City’s opponents look scary. Hence it is unlikely that City will ever let go of their focal point in the attack in De Bruyne and moreover, De Bruyne does not fondly recollect his London memories either.

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