Chelsea arrive in Baku ahead of Europa League final as N’Golo Kante makes the trip despite being an injury doubt
- Chelsea players and staff arrived in Baku ahead of the Europa League final
- Midfielder N’Golo Kante made the trip despite being an injury doubt
- Winger Eden Hazard could play his last game for club in clash against Arsenal
Chelsea touched down in Azerbaijan late on Monday night ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal.
Manager Maurizio Sarri and his players and staff arrived at Baku International Airport as they get ready for the showpiece occasion against their London rivals.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante was amongst the players to travel despite being a doubt to feature in the final owing to a knee injury, as revealed by Sportsmail.
Chelea boss Maurizio Sarri arrives in Baku ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final
Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen were among the Chelsea players to make the trip
Chelsea’s preparations for the final have been hampered by several injury issues, with Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi all set to miss the game.
Sarri has received a considerable amount of criticism from some supporters this season, but the 60-year-old is now just one game away from winning the first trophy of his managerial career.
Willian and Pedro were amongst the Chelsea players seen getting off the plane.
They were welcomed by supporters upon their arrival.
N’Golo Kante, who is an injury doubt, arrives in Baku along with winger Willian
Eden Hazard insists he won’t be affected by speculation about his future during the final
Winger Eden Hazard was in good spirits as he arrived in Baku.
The Belgium international, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, could be in line to play his final game for Chelsea.
Hazard stressed that he won’t be affected by speculation about his future when he faces Arsenal.
He said: ‘Of course I can put aside (the speculation). How long do you know me now?
Supporters cheered as the Chelsea players arrived in Baku for the Europa League final
A group of Chelsea fans were present upon the team’s arrival in the Azerbaijani capital
‘You know how I am. I stay in that mode: thinking about football. After the final we see what happens.’
Hazard added that he wouldn’t sign for another English club if he chooses to leave Chelsea.
He said: ‘No chance. I am a blue! It means a lot to me. I cannot play for another club in the country.’