Report: Conte has rejected chance to work with former Chelsea star

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Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard was a delight of the Premier League during his time at Chelsea, before sealing a big money move to Real Madrid in 2019.

It hasn’t worked for Hazard at the Los Blancos, and reports claim he’s open to a return to the Premier League, his former stomping ground.

Chelsea are believed to be keen on taking back Hazard, and Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito also claims that Tottenham have also been monitoring the Belgium international’s situation at Madrid.

According to the report, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is keen on signing Hazard for Spurs, but current Spurs manager Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to buy the idea as they didn’t work out too well when Conte was Chelsea manager.

Instead, Conte has suggested to Levy that he should try to sign Gareth Bale back to Spurs, the report claims.

“Daniel Levy would like to take a Real Madrid player who is always injured,” Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito.

“He wanted to sign Eden Hazard, but Conte has told him ‘no’ because he knows him from when he trained at Chelsea and says that he has little intensity and that he is not a very hard worker.

“The most striking thing is the player that Conte has asked Levy to take him to London. He is Gareth Bale.

“Bale ends his contract at the end of the season, but in winter he would not be free.”

Meanwhile, Hazard has in the past revealed that he didn’t enjoy his time under Conte.

“When you meet Italian coaches like I did you are less happy,” said the Belgian.

“They are more rigid and repetitive. You find pleasure in victory. I spent three years with Italian coaches so to rediscover this pleasure again makes me happy.”

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