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Champions League: What Wenger said about Hazard after Real Madrid’s 6-0 win over Galatasaray

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Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has insisted that Real Madrid ace, Eden Hazard no longer have the confidence he had at Chelsea.

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According to Wenger, Hazard’s weight gain is one of the reasons the 28-year-old forward has struggled at Santiago Bernabeu since joining Zinedine Zidane’s side from Chelsea some months ago.

The Frenchman said this following Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Hazard was not on the score sheet for the Los Blancos as goals from Rodrygo (3), Sergio Ramos (1) and Karim Benzema (2) gave the home side all three points against the Turkish club.

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“I feel we have not seen the Hazard we’ve known in England yet,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“He was not physically fit after he was injured. Is he a little bit… he’s not a player usually impressed by anything, but he looked to me like he does not have the same confidence he had at Chelsea.”

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“He’s not the type of guy to be like that. I don’t know him well enough to assess that. But I think it was more down to physical reasons.

“He came too heavy like we read in the papers. If you want to make a horse lose a race, putting two kilos on a horse of 500 kilos is enough.”

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Spanish Footballer, David Villa Announces Retirement

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Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer David Villa has announced he will retire from playing at the end of the Japanese season when he will be aged 38.

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Villa, who plays for J1 League side Vissel Kobe, will bow out having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 with Spain, and the Champions League in 2011 with Barcelona.

The 37-year-old is Spain’s top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games, with four of those coming at Euro 2008 where he won the Golden Boot and was named in the team of the tournament.

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The former Valencia man said in a statement on social media: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season.

“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and team-mates that have allowed me to enjoy this dream career.

“Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me through good and hard times. It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st.

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“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we’re currently developing with DV7 group. Thank you for all the love.”

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Wenger under fire as former Arsenal boss prepares to join Bayern Munich

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Former Chelsea and France defender, Marcel Desailly, has said Arsene Wenger is too old to be favourite for the Bayern Munich job.

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Wenger, 70, is set to replace Niko Kovac, who was sacked on Sunday following their 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

But Desailly believes his compatriot is no longer suited to life in the dugout.

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“No, he should not be in the dugout. It’s not for him any more,” he said on beIN Sport.

“He has great possibilities to restructure, to build up the philosophy of the club, towards the first team and the academy.

“But as a frontline, we don’t see him anymore. He’s 70 years old.”

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EPL: Three first team players to leave Chelsea revealed

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Chelsea are prepared to sell three first-team players in January as manager Frank Lampard looks to shake up his squad at Stamford Bridge, The Telegraph reports.

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Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso are up for sell if the Blues receive worthwhile bids for them.

Giroud and Pedro’s contracts both expire in June 2020 and will be allowed to begin negotiations with foreign clubs in January.

Chelsea are willing to offload Giroud in January so they can recoup some money from him, rather than letting him leave on a free transfer in the summer.

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Giroud has fallen down the pecking order since Lampard arrived last summer.

The Frenchman has started just one competitive match this season and wants regular football to give himself a chance of playing for France at Euro 2020.

Pedro has also seen himself become less important within the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard’s preference to play younger players, as well as the summer arrival of Christian Pulisic, has meant the Spaniard is no longer a regular starter.

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Alonso has also been in and out of the Chelsea team and it may be time for him to call it quits on his Stamford Bridge career sooner rather than later.

Chelsea are said to be interested in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell next summer and that would leave Alonso seemingly ready to go.

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