BREAKING NEWS: Hazard to miss Madrid's Man City and Barca clashes after suffering fresh ankle blow

By Sports Desk February 23, 2020

Eden Hazard is set to miss Real Madrid's crucial clashes against Manchester City and Barcelona after suffering a hairline fracture to his right ankle.

Related items

  • Rumour Has It: Havertz wants Chelsea move, Griezmann gets Barcelona reassurance Rumour Has It: Havertz wants Chelsea move, Griezmann gets Barcelona reassurance

    Kai Havertz is reportedly ready to leave Bayer Leverkusen – and he knows where he wants to go.

    The Germany international enjoyed another fine campaign with the Bundesliga club, leading to interest from across Europe.

    And, it seems Havertz knows his preferred destination.

     

    TOP STORY – HAVERTZ WANTS CHELSEA MOVE

    Havertz wants a move to Chelsea and his agents have told Bayer Leverkusen he would like to leave if an important bid arrives in the next few weeks, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The 21-year-old is contracted at Leverkusen until 2022, but has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid.

    Havertz scored 17 goals for Leverkusen in 2019-20, having netted 20 times in the previous season.

    ROUND-UP

    - Amid growing pressure on Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona have reassured the forward he has a future at the LaLiga club, according to ESPN.

    - Real Madrid will listen to offers for forward Luka Jovic, according to Marca. The Serbia international has struggled during his first season at the LaLiga giants, scoring just twice in 25 games. Jovic has been linked to the likes of Milan, Arsenal and Newcastle United.

    - Staying at Real Madrid and Sport reports the LaLiga leaders will target Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga next year.

    - Paul Pogba may be happy to stay at Manchester United. Fabrizio Romano reports United have opened contract talks with the midfielder's agent Mino Raiola, with Pogba having been linked to Madrid and Juventus.

    - Alexandre Lacazette could be set for an Arsenal exit. CalcioMercato reports Juventus have already started talking to the forward's agents about a possible move.

    - Also in Turin, CalcioMercato says Juventus are considering a move for Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens if Alex Sandro decides to leave.

  • Setien hails Suarez after reaching Barca landmark Setien hails Suarez after reaching Barca landmark

    Barcelona head coach Quique Setien lauded Luis Suarez after the star forward moved third on the club's all-time goalscoring list thanks to his match-winning display against Espanyol.

    Suarez surpassed Ladislau Kubala with his 195th Barca goal from 278 appearances in Wednesday's 1-0 win over LaLiga rivals Espanyol, who were relegated as a result.

    Only two players have scored more goals for Barca – superstar captain Lionel Messi (630) and Cesar (232) – following his 56th-minute strike at Camp Nou midweek.

    And Setien was full of praise for Suarez, who arrived from Premier League giants Liverpool in 2014.

    "It wasn't difficult to figure out Luis Suarez was eventually going to score goals again as he continues to play games," Setien told reporters.

    "When you're not playing for a while you need time to get back into your rhythm. That's something you only get through minutes on the pitch.

    "He knows how to score goals and he's always showed that throughout his career. He did it, which moves him up to third in Barcelona's all-time scoring list and you can't take that away from him."

    Barca moved within a point of bitter rivals and leaders Real Madrid, who have a game in hand as they prepare for Friday's match against Deportivo Alaves.

    Setien's Barca are nine games unbeaten following back-to-back wins, though they were far from their best after Sunday's 4-1 rout at Villarreal.

    "I think we certainly weren't brilliant," Setien said. "It was a difficult match. We managed to win and we'd all like to repeat, of course, the same performance we produced against Villarreal but it's not easy.

    "You always need to take your opponents into account. In any case, I'm very happy with the win because I watch practically all the matches in LaLiga and I see a lot of teams are winning 1-0 and finding it a struggle. It's a very level playing field right now."

    Barca substitute Ansu Fati was sent off after coming on at the start of the second half, while Espanyol's Pol Lozano was also dismissed.

    Five minutes after coming on teenager Fati was heading off again, a VAR review upgrading his caution to a red card as he was punished when a high right foot caught Fernando Calero.

    "He was very humble afterwards," Setien added on Fati. "He came to talk to me. He felt very bad about what happened.

    "He wasn't provoked. He went in to win the ball. After I watched it, the challenge looked harder than it actually was. It's a moment that could have been avoided. When he goes to win the ball I saw he tried to fold his leg back so there wouldn't be any contact, but the decision was made.

    "He'll be affected by this and we'll see what the punishment is but it's a moment that I don't blame him for."

  • Guardiola 'confident' Garcia will stay at Man City amid Barcelona links Guardiola 'confident' Garcia will stay at Man City amid Barcelona links

    Pep Guardiola is confident Eric Garcia will stay at Manchester City amid reported interest from Barcelona.

    Garcia, 19, has been linked with a return to the LaLiga club, the outfit he left to join City in 2017.

    The Spain youth international has made nine Premier League appearances this season, but was an unused substitute in Wednesday's 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.

    City manager Guardiola said he would try to convince Garcia to stay at the club for "many, many, many years".

    "I am confident he will stay but in the end it is his decision," he told a news conference.

    "He knows we want him but it was the same with Leroy [Sane, who has joined Bayern Munich]. We want him but if he doesn't want to stay we cannot do anything else.

    "He knows, his agent knows, his family knows that we want him. And if Barcelona want him, they have to call Txiki [Begiristain, City director of football]."

    City are away to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.