Antonio Conte wants Hazard, Courtois and Costa contract talks on hold

If they recruit well they could do what no team has done since Manchester United in 2009 and retain the Premier League title.

Even as Chelsea canter towards the Premier League title they face a hard summer, with Real Madrid targeting both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

"It is important to check two or three situations and then to make the best decisions, " Conte said in his press conference on Friday, March 31.

Eden Hazard (calf), Thibaut Courtois (hip), John Terry (leg), Victor Moses (calf) and Diego Costa (ankle) have all been suffering with minor injuries of late. Frazier Campbell and James McArthur are doubts.

Mathieu Flamini could again be available having returned to training.

"Christian Benteke is a top player, the same with [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, a player I like a lot, [Yohan] Cabaye and [Jason] Puncheon".

"Ours is the most hard run-in in the bottom 7, looking at it on paper". At any stage one of the big clubs can slip up against the clubs who are not so big.

The Eagles kept three consecutive clean sheets as they've picked up nine points in the process and moved away from the relegation zone as sat joint-bottom with Sunderland just three rounds ago.

Allardyce's contribution and nous in this situation, Mamadou Sakho's influence in the back four and greater confidence shown from flair players Wilfrid Zaha and Andros Townsend have produced a heady concoction now that could ultimately lead them to safety. I repeat, John I like to talk to about this season, he's helping me a lot.

While Chelsea have lost just three top-flight matches all season, their head coach is determined that they must continue to perform at the same level in the final 10 games of the season.

Nevertheless, he says his side will travel to west London hoping to cause an upset, as they did last season when they won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has 11 goals and four assists for Chelsea this season and he is one of the front runners, along with team-mate N'Golo Kante, to win the PFA Player of the Season Award. In 2015-16, the champions Leicester City also topped these categories (33 changes to starting XI and 23 players used).

The Blues are desperate to tie their boss down to a new contract as they storm towards a fifth Premier League title.



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