Date: 29th December 2017 at 3:52pm
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Ahead of the Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Stoke City, this Saturday, both managers have held their obligatory pre-match press conferences.

Antonio Conte, his every word scrutinised by the media, found some time to talk about our jewel-in-the-crown Eden Hazard.

However, he gave nothing concrete away about the Belgian`s future with the boss remarking,

‘I’m proud to have him in my team, in my squad, and I’m very happy to work with him.

‘He’s a really good guy and has a lot of space for improvement, to become one of the best players in the world. But, I repeat, on this issue: this must be a private conversation between the player, the player’s agent and the club.’

As for Mark Hughes, who we all have fond memories of as a Chelsea player, he had this to say,

‘We are obviously desperate to get a number of key players who are missing through injury back to full fitness.

‘Once we do that then I am confident of enjoying a really productive second half of the season.

‘Obviously Chelsea will be difficult, but Newcastle straight after, we have to make sure we are ready for that and really kick on in the new year.’

Is this going to be a home win for Chelsea as the form books would suggest?

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