Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan jokes he is glad Eden Hazard swapped Chelsea for Real Madrid and ‘p****d off somewhere else’

25 Jun

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has jokingly admitted he is glad Eden Hazard has ‘has p****d off somewhere else’.

The Belgian, who finally sealed a £130m move to Real Madrid from Chelsea earlier this month, is widely considered one of the greatest players in Premier League history.

Hazard nets past Ryan last season
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Australian international Ryan knows first hand just how good Hazard is.

In the past two seasons, Hazard has netted four times in three matches and recorded two assists when Chelsea played Brighton.

“I think from the four times I’ve faced him I haven’t saved a shot from him yet,” Ryan told the Fox Football Podcast.

“It’s either been blocked, he’s hit the shot off target or he’s scored a goal.

“It’s a bit of an annoying fact so thank God he’s p****d off somewhere else. I put in a nice word to [Real Madrid] for him.

“I would love to have the opportunity to face him again and stop him – that’s my motivation.”

Another player to speak highly of Hazard, is former Blues striker Didier Drogba, who played with him during the title winning 2014/15 season.

Drogba and Hazard won the title together at Chelsea in 2015
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“No one can replace Hazard, he is special,” Drogba said during an Instagram Live on his official account on Saturday.

“But someone else will come, [and] step up. Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.”

Hazard’s exit and Chelsea’s inability to register new players could pave the way for Callum Hudson-Odoi and new boy Christian Pulisic to shine.

Hudson-Odoi, 18, is expected to put pen to paper on a new deal within the coming weeks, while Pulisic, 20, arrives following his £58m move from Borussia Dortmund.

Fantasy Premier League tips: Transfer advice including Chelsea, Liverpool, and Everton stars

27 Dec

The festive season continues in the world of Fantasy Premier League and if you’ve avoided the obstacles so far, you’re doing well.

Rotation, injuries and suspensions can trip plenty of people up at this time of year but don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, loves a bargain, or one who looks to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.

So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around…

Out: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £11.4m

The England star is now officially out of form with just one goal and no assists in his last four matches. Pep Guardiola could well rotate too, making him a top candidate for a transfer.

In: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.0m

As the Belgian continues to terrorise defences, even if the Blues’ results have been a little hit and miss recently, Hazard should be a top target right now. He’s got games against Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Newcastle United coming up.

Out: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £6.0m

Without a clean sheet in SIX Premier League games, the City backline are struggling for points right now. Things might not get much better as they face Southampton, Liverpool, and Wolves in their next three and face Arsenal and Chelsea in February.

In: Lucas Digne (Everton) – £5.1m

Two gameweeks ago talkSPORT.com tipped the ex-Barcelona man to start racking up the points and while he might have been a dud against Tottenham he then hit two goals against Burnley in a 5-1 win. He’s in fine form and continues to have a kind fixture list.

Out: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £6.9m

Once one of the most dangerous left-backs in the league, hence his huge price, he’s now a massive dud with no goals or assists in eight games and just two clean sheets. You should be ready to ditch him now.

In: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – £5.1m

It’s not just his thunderbolt against Man City which makes him a consideration this gameweek. If you follow these tips religiously you’ll know we loved him in pre-season and we continue to do so. Games against Cardiff, Everton, Southampton, and Wolves are ahead so clean sheets, goals, and assists are all possible.

Out: Mat Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

It’s rare you will see a goalkeeper in these tips but the Seagulls star is now away on international duty for a month with Australia.

In: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – £4.2m

The Spaniard has played the Eagles’ last three matches and kept two clean sheets so with his cheap price he’s perfect for at least a bench role. If you’re starting him be aware he has Chelsea, Wolves, Watford, and Liverpool in his next set of games but then has another decent run after.

Out: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £9.6m

It’s hard to ditch a Reds player when they’re in such good form but Mane isn’t really doing much for your team. He’s got one goal and two assists in his last nine Premier League games which means it may now be time to pull the trigger on a transfer, especially with Arsenal and Man City up next.

In: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – £8.8m

After an absence through injury, the striker has a goal and an assist in the last three games. Up next are Cardiff, Everton, Southampton and Wolves so should be a good option as the back up to your top striker.

Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils reportedly considering move for Brighton’s Mat Ryan to replace David de Gea if goalkeeper leaves

2 Nov

Manchester United are eyeing Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan as a potential replacement for David de Gea, according to reports.

The Red Devils are understood to have activated an option on their current number one’s contract which will keep him at the club until the end of next season.

David de Gea has been named Manchester United’s ‘Player of the Season’ four times in the last five years

However, he may yet resist signing a fresh deal, meaning United would have the option of selling him in one of the next three transfer windows, or risk losing him for free.

The Sun claim Jose Mourinho’s men are preparing for every eventuality, and have earmarked Mat Ryan as a possible target in case the worst happens and they lose the Spaniard.

Mat Ryan moved to the Premier League from LaLiga

26-year-old Ryan joined Brighton from Valencia at the beginning of last season and played a key role in their first Premier League season.

The Australian helped the side secure safety last season, with the decisive result coming in the form of a 1-0 win over Manchester United, the side he could now join.