Chelsea boss Antonio Conte challenges Eden Hazard to improve his scoring record

As speculation once again builds around Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes that the club's "great ambition" will be enough to convince the Belgium worldwide to remain in London.

Thibaut Courtois will be entering the final year of his Chelsea contract next summer and is yet to pen a new deal with the Premier League champions, with his boss desperate to keep him at the club for a long time.

Thierry Hazard, father of Eden, has made some startling comments about his son's future just says ahead of the January transfer window.

Conte, who had already been pressed on rumours surrounding Thibaut Courtois, told reports: 'My answer is always the same.

"These are private conversations that the player, the agent of the player must have with the club".

'I give the same speech for Eden as for [Courtois].

'I'm proud to have him in my team, in my squad, and I'm very happy to work with him. But I think we are talking about a really good guy. "But, I repeat, it's a private conversation between the player, the agent of the player and the club".

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GETTY Chelsea vs Stoke Antonio Conte and Mark Hughes go head to head at Stamford Bridge

The Spanish club have heard that Courtois, whose two children live in Madrid, is willing to make a move to the Bernabeu and Real have chose to change their two goalkeepers before next season.

The Madrid side believes that the Belgian goalkeeper wants to return to a town that he considers to be home, having played there for Atletico Madrid, too.

"I think, in the world, everyone has to respect the opinion of everyone else". You hope for Courtois to stay, for sure. For sure, I hope to have all the players for the next season.

"If you are in a great club and you trust in the club and the ambition of the club, I think it's right to stay", he said, before directly addressing the furore caused by Thierry Hazard.

"I'm very happy to have these three players". Courtois has also admitted his interest in regrouping with his family, "Everybody knows that due to my personal situation", Courtois admitted. "But on this issue, I repeat, this must be a private conversation".

Chelsea face Stoke on Saturday and sit a full 16 points off leaders Manchester City.

In his first season with Chelsea, Courtois won the League Cup and Premier League and was a key member for manager Antonio Conte last term as well when they clinched the Premiership once again.

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