The Blues fear losing their best players

Chelsea fear Hazard and Courtois exits.

There might be an impact on retaining key players and the current staff for the Blues.

The chances of Antonio Conte remaining next season were remote even if the team achieved a top‑four finish, given his relationship with the hierarchy has long since fractured beyond repair.

Chelsea face a £9.5m bill to sack Antonio Conte and have concerns over nine first-team players’ futures, including Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea retained their best players after the trauma of 2015-16 but, two years down the line, concerns centre on their Belgians.

Thibaut Courtois enters the last 12 months of his contract in July and, although talks are scheduled to resume in the summer, a goalkeeper consistently linked with a return to Spain may not be quite as keen to re-sign if the immediate future comes without the advantage of Champions League football.

Eden Hazard’s deal does not expire until 2020, with Chelsea apparently willing to offer him the most lucrative terms in their history, but he seems intent on waiting to see if Real Madrid’s long-standing interest crystallises into a firm offer.


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