Antonio Conte accused Real Madrid of trying to unsettle Eden Hazard but insisted that Chelsea should be proud, and take the campaign to sign their best player as flattery.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made Hazard his number one priority this summer and Real would break the bank to prize him away from Stamford Bridge.

“This is a part of the game,” Conte shrugged, when asked about the Hazard interest. “To put these rumours out there, and to put a bit of difficulty in the mind of the players. But we have great experience of facing this situation, and so do my players. It’s normal to start rumours about our players at this stage of the season.”

Hazard was footballer of the year in 2014-15 and could win the same prize again this season as he inspires Chelsea towards another Premier League title.

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