Soccer – Mourinho swats away Hazard speculation


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he does not expect Eden Hazard to be tempted by a future move to Real Madrid and revealed it is unlikely Diego Costa will play against Arsenal on Sunday.

Bernabeu coach and France legend Zinedine Zidane last week spoke openly of his admiration for the Belgium international, who only last month signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League leaders, but Mourinho said he is not concerned by the speculation.
He told reporters in his pre-match briefing: “He just signed a new contract. We didn’t put a gun to his head. He likes Chelsea, he likes the league and he has made a commitment to that. I don’t think he is interested in going.”
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League derby against Arsenal, the Portuguese coach said injured Spain striker Costa is unlikely to be risked against Arsene Wenger’s men at the Emirates Stadium. The 19-goal summer signing has not played since the 2-1 win against Stoke City and has been struggling with a hamstring injury since he arrived from Atletico Madrid last year.
He added: “Diego Costa is nearly there. If not Arsenal then Leicester. We are coping for the difficulties of every match without him. The team is playing in a different way but we are doing our job. We are more strategic and less artistic but are getting results.”
Arsenal are currently priced 7/5 by Bet365 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 23/10. Title-hopefuls Chelsea are available to back in the 90 minutes market at 23/10.