Chelsea Transfer News: Laurent Blanc Ready to Give Up on Eden Hazard-PSG Deal

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07:  PSG Manager / Head Coach, Laurent Blanc looks on during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Laurent Blanc is ready to admit defeat in his quest to lure Eden Hazard away from Chelsea.

The Paris Saint-Germain boss, a known admirer of the Belgian star, has acknowledged Jose Mourinho's side want to keep hold of their most prized asset, reported by ESPN:

Hazard is a top player, but I think Chelsea want to keep him. A lot of players are going to be mentioned, but we have already got our priority, David Luiz. We're going to wait a bit before making any more signings. Be patient.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea holds off the challenge of Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on May 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michae
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Blanc's quotes follow comments from Hazard in which the 23-year-old admitted he wishes to remain at Stamford Bridge, reported by Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure (via Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports):

I won't go to PSG, I am staying at Chelsea 100 per cent. We are talking with Chelsea about a contract extension, but there's no hurry on that. Of course in football you never know but I am under contract with Chelsea and I want to stay there.

Having already signed David Luiz from the West London club, Blanc confirms he is looking to land "one or two" players "of great quality," noted by ESPN. Hazard's reputation is perhaps heftier in France than anywhere else, due to his emergence as a world-class talent with Lille between 2007 and 2012.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Laurent Blanc, manager of PSG talks to the media at Stamford Bridge on April 7, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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He posted an excellent 2013-14 season with Chelsea, scoring 16 goals and providing seven assists in 44 appearances across the Premier League and Europe, per WhoScored.com.

He hasn't been without criticism—most notably, from Jose Mourinho—but the pair's seemingly flaky relationship is brought on by the Portuguese boss wanting Hazard to add an all-round work ethic to his explosive attacking game.

Hazard would slot straight into Blanc's preferred 4-3-3 formation at the Parc des Princes.

The French champions currently deploy Edinson Cavani as the left prong in an attacking trident, a tactical decision that limits the Uruguayan forward's prolific goalscoring ability. Cavani, who is rumoured to be a target for Chelsea, previously said his positional switch "is not always easy," as reported by talkSPORT.

While a straight swap could be a possibility one day, Mourinho is on the verge of building a terrific side.

January signings Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma were the first steps along the road to building an extremely exciting team. With Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas also added, it's easy to see why Hazard wishes to stay, as noted by Fernando Torres and reported by George Ankers on Goal.com.

Mourinho is not the type of manager to go without trophies for long. He means business after failing to land any silverware during his Chelsea homecoming season, highlighted by the decision to base his team on world-class quality and developing youngsters. Hazard represents both, suggesting PSG's interest may never truly cease.

Both the player's intentions and Blanc's comments mean Chelsea supporters can relax.

Plenty of battles for Hazard's future await—that's the nature of possessing elite level footballers—but for now, he looks set to continue tearing through Premier League defences.