Chelsea players are waiting to find out what happens to them as the club searches for a new owner and Eden Hazard will miss the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Chelsea’s future is still in the air as they search for a new owner and what happens next to the players is just as important as what happens in the boardroom.
But the prospect of the Belgian coming up against his old side have been dealt a major blow after a setback, Madrid have announced.
Meanwhile, the four candidates looking to buy Chelsea have been profiled as they enter the next stage of purchasing the club.
Here are Mirror Football’s latest Chelsea headlines.
Analysing the Chelsea squad
Chelsea have a number of players out of contract in the summer and under current restrictions, the Blues will be unable to give them a new deal.
To the ones that will be staying next season, there’s still a chance that the new owner will cast an eye on the squad and choose to move on from players as part of freshening things up at Stamford Bridge. While there will be players who will be seen as key members of the Chelsea locker room, regardless of who purchases the club.
From goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and defender Marcos Alonso, to midfielder Ross Barkley and striker Timo Werner, every player will be assessed.
Hazard’s Madrid blow
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard will not face his old club Chelsea when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League.
The quarter-final tie in April offered the Belgian the opportunity to come up against the team he spent seven years playing for, winning leagues and cups both domestically and in Europe. However, Hazard will not be present after suffering another injury setback which will require surgery.
Hazard left Stamford Bridge to join Madrid in 2019 but has struggled for goals and games due to injuries.
Chelsea buyer profiles
As Chelsea continue their search for a new owner, four candidates have made it onto the shortlist.
Roman Abramovich has been forced to part ways with the club he bought in 2003 after being accused of being tied to Russian president Vladimir Putin. The potential new owners have all submitted bids and are through to the next stage of the negotiations, which is partly handled by merchant bank Raine.
From a NBA franchise owner to a MLB franchise owner, here are the candidates looking to buy the club.